Lions of MAUVSA Scholarship Winner Recap — Part 2

For the past two years, MAUVSA Alumni have come together and put this amazing opportunity for our young leaders in the region. These alumni were once in their shoes — inspiring, hard working students who looked to improve their leadership and interpersonal skills and someday apply this to their future careers.

Named the Lions of MAUVSA Scholarship, this opportunity was established to give these students a chance to attend our annual leadership conference. With MAUVSA Advance Conference being the biggest event of the year, we want to give every student a chance to experience this wonderful event. Our submission pool was large this year, but only 8 students were picked.

We had the winners write a short blog about their experience at MACV. Here is Part 2:

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Nina Wong

North Carolina State University

Joining VSA during my freshman year of college has been one of the best decisions I have made so far in my undergraduate career. I never knew that I could connect with a group of people the way that I connected with the people in VSA, and I can easily say that I have met some of my closest friends through this organization (shoutout to NC State).

I really did not know what to expect coming to MAC5. I must admit, I was a little nervous going to conference because I was afraid I would feel slightly out of place because I am not even Vietnamese. However, everyone was so welcoming I forgot why I was nervous in the first place. It was such a great experience getting to meet people from different schools and backgrounds and being able to connect through our love for VSA through games, speakers, workshops, and so much more. Special thanks to Apollo family for being such a great/loving group of people to be able to experience my first conference with ❤

Hearing about people’s personal stories and the things that they have overcome made me realize that I too can do anything that I put my mind to. Although conference flew by, the memories that I made were ones that I will never forget and I’m excited to see what’s in store during the rest of my years in VSA.

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Blossom Chen

Baruch College

When I heard of MAUVSA, I was skeptical of attending but the current e-board members urged me to go and told me about how exciting, informative and fun the previous year was. With their encouragement, I registered to attend MAC V and as of right now, I don’t regret that decision. My MAUVSA experience was new; I don’t have anything to compare it with but the entire weekend went by so quickly. Some of the keynote speakers at the opening ceremony had such inspirational stories of how they got where they were today, revolving around the theme “Beyond All Limits.”

The workshops that I attended also revolved around that theme as well and listening to the speakers motivated me and inspired me about my role within VSA. I learned that going beyond all limits is not impossible because there are people that have accomplished that and it makes me determined to try doing that myself. I am still a freshman and this is my first year with VSA but I love being part of VSA; everyone is welcoming and it feels like a second family. The conference was a huge event and the MAUVSA board and staff did so much to make the weekend run by smoothly. They did a great job in making sure everything went well and making sure attendees enjoyed themselves. I could really tell that they were so passionate about MAUVSA and making the conference a successful experience for all the attendees. I can see this reflected within my own e-board of Baruch VSA; all the members are so passionate about making our events enjoyable for our members and making VSA a family-like environment.

My favorite part of MAC V was on the last day when we all took part in Positive Sparks. It was a touching activity that brought everyone together and being touched or hugged made me tear up; it made me feel like I was actually a part of this entire conference even though I am not from the Mid-Atlantic region and this was my first time attending. I hope that as my semesters go by, I can contribute even more to my VSA and play bigger roles. This is what going “Beyond All Limits” is for me in terms of my role within VSA. MAC V was a wonderful experience where I got to learn, bond, and meet so many people and see what their role in VSA was, whether they were an e-board member or just a regular member. No matter the role, I could see that that what brought them together was their passion for being part of VSA, which makes MAUVSA a really great organization and this year’s conference is an experience I’ll never regret.

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Part 3 of Lions of MAUVSA Scholarship Winner Recap will be featured next week! Congratulations to Nina and Blossom!

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