Hello! My name is Pa Vang. I am an undergraduate student in the College of Social Science studying Anthropology. I was born and raised in Lansing, MI.
I started at Michigan State University in 2012 with the hopes of becoming a doctor. But during my sophomore year my goals began to shift when I realize that my passion belonged somewhere else. So, I switched my major to Anthropology.
As a first year college generation, growing up in a non-English speaking family, I had never heard of the term “Anthropology”. I didn’t know that such word existed. Fortunately, after taking my first Anthropology course, ANP 270: Women & Health Anthropology Intl Perspective by Dr. Howard, I realized its significant impact in the world. Because of this course, I decided to change my major to Anthropology.
But what is it about Anthropology that I like? Honestly, EVERYTHING! I love being immersed in an environment of students who enjoyed culture, language, archaeology, health, and physical Anthropology. Furthermore, I feel that my extracurricular activities played a major role in my passion for Anthropology. I was secretary and historian for the Asian Pacific American Student Organization (APASO) that is an organization under C.O.R.E.S. (Council Of Racial and Ethic Students). C.O.R.E.S. include: Asian Pacific American Student Organization (APASO), Native American Indigenous Student Organization (NAISO), Black Student Alliance (BSA), and Culturas de las Raza Unidas (CRU). Together our goals were to empower, raise awareness, and educate others through cultural and society activities.
Also, I have been involved in several summer orientations, summer programs, and volunteering services. They have allowed me to remain connected to my interested in Anthropology.
The opportunities and experiences, in an academic and non-academic setting, has shaped me in several ways that has bought me to become more aware about events and controversial topics around the word. I plan to use my experience and skills that I have acquired from them to educate and bring awareness to others about the importance of education, involvement, and change.