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Maika Thao

Line Name: #123 Vanel!ope 

Crossed: Spring 2020

Big: Tien "Em'erald" Mai

Major: Genetics and Genomics

Year: Class of 2023

Ethnicity/Heritage: Hmong

Pronouns: she/her/hers

What are some hobbies/interests you have?: When I'm not studying and trying to squeeze in naps, I love cleaning/tidying up,  cooking simple food, biking, and grabbing food or boba on state street with friends! Let me just say y'all, mango snow at KFT NEVER gets old.

What I Aspire: Currently, I am a student researcher in the UW's Genetics and Pediatrics Department, studying the effect that knock-out genes have on congenital diaphragmatic hernia. I am also considering a second major in Social Welfare. In the future, regardless of whether I do medicine, community development, or social justice, I plan to ensure that my energy is well spent on improving the lives of deserving and dependent communities that make our society as great as it is. 


Favorite Food/Restaurant: Taiwan Little Eats, Cafe Zupas, Kaopia 

Why did you join aKDPhi?

If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever rush or be a part of a sorority, I would have thought that was the most ridiculous question ever, the answer was an obvious no because I thought I wasn't cut out for that "sorority life". I also thought I knew what everything was, knew what I wanted, and had surrounded my freshman year instantly with the right people. Flash forward a few hard lessons later, I realized I was wrong in so many aspects. I learned the importance of time and energy management and to choose people who challenge you, meet you half-way in relationships, but most importantly, want to see you grow and thrive. This was something that I experienced in both rushing and going through akdphi's program, proving to me that this was a strong and incredible organization I could truly become my best self in.

How has your time in aKDPhi helped/improved/challenged you?

My time so far with aKDPhi taught me things I didn't know I had yet to learn. I learned about who I was as a leader and how to work with other leaders in order to produce our best work. As much as you should accommodate and aim for unity, you should also never present yourself and your ideas short or settle for silence and indifference. It has challenged me to sit down and think about the kind of person I am, and ultimately, you get to choose what kind of person you want to be at the end of the day and for tomorrow.

Positions Held in aKDPhi: Webmistress, VP - Service Committee, Rush Co-Chair, Academic Chair, Historian

Affiliates & Positions Held: Southeast Asian Dance Organization, Undergraduate Researcher, Mercile J. Lee Chancellor's Scholar

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