Hang Mai (Class of 2017) is currently attending UC Berkeley with a multitude of scholarships and financial aid, paying as little as nothing.
SAT: 1240 (New Scale)
Involvements: ACS, Yearbook, Girls’ League, UNICEF, CSF, NHS, Class of 2017
Accepted: SDSU, CSULB, Cal Poly SLO, CSUF, UCSD, UCI, UC Berkeley
Attending: UC Berkeley
Why did you chose that certain college: I allowed myself to conceive unrealistic expectations of Cal throughout the years as it was my “dream school” since freshman year. I held my breath as I entered the campus, scared that I’ll be let down by what other criticize as “too hippie” & “too liberal.” Is it wrong I liked seeing hippies on the streets selling souvenirs with sketchy origins or running into a student protest blocking off Sather Gate? So of course it wasn’t like anything I dreamt of, it was way better. I instantly fell in love with Cal. Cal is a place where there’s always something happening, something you don’t see everyday, always filled with life- from the people to the buildings. This is how you have an enriching college experience. You have to be exposed to new things- things that scare you, things that intrigue you, things that change you. Yep, 409 miles from home will definitely do all of the above. The campus had me sold but affordability is also a decision changing factor. I was offered an abundance of financial aid, support programs, and scholarships from Berkeley’s CAA Alumni Association so I’m paying little to nothing for a high end education. UC Berkeley is like the best boyfriend I haven’t had yet- supportive, accepting, free in spirit, and gives me a lot of money. Also has a meme page with over 104,000 followers but I’ll stop here. Go Bears!
Describe your leadership experience?
A lengthy divorce ended with one more heavy responsibility added to my plate- a babysitter, and one person being in the house a lot less- my mom. As a single parent, her job as an seamstress barely scraped enough money to support all three of us; it led her to pursue a career as a manicurist two hours away from home. It was a turning point in my life. I suddenly became two people. At school, I am an honor student racing from one class to another, one club meeting to another, one yearbook photoshoot to another. After school, I am a babysitter who races from home to doctors’ office, libraries, and Mitchell Elementary School. Without my mom’s presence, I raised my sister which meant giving lectures passed down from my mom to me and now to her, listening to her problems, and being a beacon of light for her.