Waikit Lam was born and raised in Guangzhou, a city in the southern part of China where the culture of dim sum originated. One of his many hobbies is to try different kinds of food in the Bay Area, but Cantonese food will remain his favorite.
Three years ago, Waikit began his studies in Accounting at Laney College and will receive his Associate degree in Business Accounting in the Spring semester of 2019. His ambition is to be accepted by UC Berkeley’s Hass School of Business.
In addition to his time studying for his degree, Waikit held a position as a Student Ambassador at Laney’s Welcome Center where he met many ESOL students. During that time, he gained an understanding of the issues that ESOL students face which add more difficulty than what students who are fluent in English do not experience. Not having language mastery often leads to other issues such as financial hardship. Dealing with these difficulties alone and without help can be challenging, That’s the major reason why, last year, he took the opportunity to join the APASS program; so that he can use his newly acquired knowledge, insights, and experience to assist other ESOL students to achieve their goals.
“Kit” understands that problems that he experienced first-hand complicated by language barriers and financial hardship, make it much more difficult for ESOL students to pursue their academic and career goals. All students should have support. That’s the reason he joined and is a valued member of the APASS program.
Manni Huang speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin. She was born and raised in the vibrant Chinese city of Guangzhou. Because she likes being in the company of people of different backgrounds, Manni was motivated to become a Student Ambassador at Laney College. For the past two years, she worked at the Welcome Center at Laney.
Looking for a different challenge, this past year, Manni started working for the APASS program. After two years of study at Laney, she received her A.A. degree in Social Science and will be transferring to a four-year university next year.
Fluent in Vietnamese, Nhung Nguyen is a Marketing and Sales major at Laney College.
Nhung completed her bachelor’s degree at the Banking Academy of Vietnam, where she majored in Finance and Banking. She has 4 years working experience in Customer Service and Banking at the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), EIV Education, Sony Electronics Vietnam and Hannon library.
Possessing outstanding leadership and communication skills with exceptional intelligence and creativity, Nhung has made many meaningful contributions to student community and organizations. She has been especially adept at encouraging Vietnamese young adults to become more engaged and more aware of the importance of economics, finance, and volunteerism. Nhung was Co-founder and Vice- Chairman of Marketing Plus Club and served in many leadership roles including as a Chief of External Relations of Business Skill Club. She was an enthusiastic member of many voluntary social organizations in Vietnam and America.
At APASS, Nhung is in charge of APASS’s marketing and branding which includes managing website contents, story recording, template designing, overseeing and developing marketing campaigns. She is versed in devising and presenting ideas and strategies, coordinating internal marketing and an organization’s culture, updating databases, and using CRM systems.
Her favorite quote from Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”
Barsbold Ganbaatar is a Student Ambassador for APASS at Laney College in Oakland. Originally from Ulan Bator, Mongolia – a country landlocked between China and Russia in the heart of Asia. Mongolia’s continental climate features long, cold winters and short, hot summers. Mongols global diaspora is estimated at nine million people.
The Mongol people’s hopes and wishes for the future are closely tied to traditional values. Mongols are eager for education which is reflected in their high levels of literacy. Mongols appreciate when foreigners try to communicate with them about issues related to the wider world. The Mongol people are steady and resourceful. By making the effort to connect with them on a personal level, however, you will find them warm, though, pragmatic, adaptable, hospitable, and open to the world.
For Barsbold, he’s currently majoring in English because he enjoys reading and writing. He is likely to be looking at work being done with a critical eye. He also has own full of genuine enthusiasm and concentration for work and usually presents his work artistically. In addition, Barsbold’s performance in the working environment has greatly improved. He is hoping to achieve his goals of becoming a creative writer. He sees himself as a hardworking man with a very engaging personality. His favorite motto has been “Do my best so that I can’t blame myself for anything.
Enjoy the day!
Since January 2018, Zolzaya Erdeneochir has been a student ambassador for APASS at Oakland’s Laney College and is planning to transfer to a four-year college.
Born and raised in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, she is currently majoring in Accounting. Currently, she is also working at Laney’s Writing center tutoring ESOL students.
Zola’s motto is “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow”.
Aiming Xu was born and raised in China, and she’s fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. Aiming is a student worker for APASS at Laney College in addition to working at the Library Audio Visual Department. She’s currently working on her AA degrees and wants to transfer to a four-year university. In the recent past, she worked as a canvasser for a non-profit organization that reached out to all Asian voters to explain some new bills to get more votes from voters in California. Her favorite quote is from Joe Vitale, “ A goal should scare you a little, & excite you a lot”.
Jielin Huang was born and raised in China and immigrated a year ago to the United States. She is an Accounting major and is trying her best to contribute to the Laney community.
Working at Laney’s APASS program – a program that helps our ESOL students – she discovered that many Asian-American students, such as herself, encounter unique challenges by being Asian-American.
Presently, she helps promote events and programs that are designed to improve the academic and cultural experience of the ESOL students at Laney. She also designs all of APASS’ flyers.
Since she is majoring in Accounting and wants to use her knowledge and skills to best serve her community, she ran for and was elected to the position of ASLC Treasurer.
She is the co-founder of the Asianrific! Club – a club that provides a platform for international students to share their customs, values, and cultural experiences.
Student Ambassador: APASS
Student Worker: Public Information Office
Co-founder: Asianrific! Club
ESOL Teacher Aid
Nhat Dinh is majoring in computer science, with plans to transfer to a four-year college. He enjoys building software applications and making connections by taking random people out for coffee. Nhat spends most of his life on the internet, tweeting and retweeting people he follows, reads Indie Hackers and consumes it’s super cool weekly podcasts.
Nhat’s responsibility at APASS includes: maintain and update the APASS website, install and uninstall plugins, play around with different themes, maintain shared APASS google drive, and is an IT responder. His side responsibility also includes: being the office’s major re-supplier of water, and most importantly, sipping coffee.
One of the remarkable remarks by Nhat’s coworkers is that he is made of 80% coffee.
Born and raised in Mongolia, Zolzaya Bayarsaikhan is an international student at Laney College planning to transfer to a 4-year university. She founded Magellanic Clouds, a morning club whose purpose is to help people develop themselves collaboratively as a community.
Zolzaya works as an ESOL embedded tutor and as a tutor at Laney’s Writing Workshop. She works in the classroom under the instructor’s guidance to help students understand course concepts and enhance students engagement.
Her favorite motto is “We don’t grow when things are easy; we grow when we face challenges”.
Born and raised in China, Qiaofeng Chen is an international student with an Architecture major. He can speak Cantonese and Mandarin fluently. Although Architecture is his major, Qiaofeng also has a passion for math. Since the 2018 Spring semester and onward, Qiaofeng is currently a math tutor at Laney’s math lab.
Qiaofeng also participated in doing volunteer work with the Red Cross for their San Francisco Architecture Festival.
A fun fact about Qiaofeng is that he believes art is the most beautiful thing in the world and he is willing to spend the rest of his life for artwork forever.