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Letter from AANSOC Coordinator

Hello Wonderful Members of the Class of 2022,

            Welcome to Stanford! My name is Lily Li, and I am your 2018 Community Coordinator for the Asian American New Student Orientation (AANSOC). I cannot wait to introduce all of you to the diverse and vibrant Asian & Pacific Islander (API) community here at Stanford. Like many people, when I first learned about my acceptance to Stanford, I couldn’t quite believe it. With the excitement came a sense of nervousness, will I find my place at Stanford? Having lived in both China and the U.S., I was quite attached to my cultural roots. I was worried that I couldn’t find someone at Stanford that shared the same experiences or interests as me.

            Gladly, my worries were appeased! My freshmen year I joined multiple ethnic and cultural student organizations. Through these organizations I made wonderful friends, developed leadership skills, and learned about the diversity in API cultures. I identify as Chinese-American, but I have had the fortune to watch Pilipino performances at culture nights, be an MC for Japanese festivals, and listen to South Asian a capella. Eventually I even started taking leadership roles in these organizations myself and developed confidence in my abilities. In the API community, I meet a variety of people every day: from those that just started dipping their toes into this amazing community to ones that are already deeply involved in API activism. No matter where you are along this spectrum, there is a place for you here! Whether you are already comfortable with your Asian American identity or are still on the process of embracing the Asian American side to you, you are welcomed to this community!

            Now it is your time! I would like to invite all of you to the fantastic AANSOC events that will take place during your New Student Orientation and throughout the fall quarter. A calendar of these events, and their descriptions, has been included in this packet. AANSOC events are free and open to all students, so please join us and invite anyone you know! The first 3 events will really help you understand the different aspect of our community during NSO and also at We Are Family is the big Asian American Sib (AASib) program SibFam reveal. Joining a SibFam is a great way to make personal connections with upperclassmen in the API community. These connections can turn into a support system for your future years at Stanford, and possibly even beyond Stanford! If this sounds like an attracting opportunity to you, Tenzin Wangdak, the AASib coordinator for the year, invites you to learn about the AASib Program and how to become a Lil Sib!

            If you’d like to learn more about the Asian & Pacific Islander community before arriving, there are plenty of ways to do so. You can explore our A3C website and “like” our Facebook page. I would also like to extend the invitation to join our “Stanford API Class of 2022” Facebook group where we will be highlighting resources provided by the A3C and showcasing student voices on their experiences in the community. Hopefully you will all get a chance to connect with each other as well!

            If you were like me and felt that same nervousness or ever questioned “do I belong at Stanford”, rest assured. Even though things might seem stressful at the moment, we are here for you at every turn. Take advantage of everything, including my role as the coordinator! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me about any questions you have! My email is lilycsz@stanford.edu. Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you all soon!

Best Wishes,

Lily Li

B.A. Candidate 2020 | Psychology & International Relations

Asian American New Student Orientation Committee (AANSOC) Coordinator