Column: Message from your ASO President

When I first stepped foot on the Pierce College campus back in Fall of 2018, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I was just a little different from most of the other students — a bit tinier, somewhat shorter, and a whole lot younger. So I told myself to just keep a low profile in classes — I would keep my head down, my hoodie up, and do just about everything to NOT draw unnecessary attention to myself. However, as I am humbled and honored today to be writing this as your graduating ASO President, it is obvious that I did not stick to my plan. And I’m glad I didn’t.

What I did not know then that I do now, is that I had nothing to fear. Because EVERYONE at Pierce is different in some way. Every one of us has a story to tell. And it is that very uniqueness in all of us that makes every one of us special. So if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my time here at Pierce, it is that it’s okay to be different and to try new things. Even if we fail and make mistakes along the way.

As a professional actress since I was eight years old, I know all about failure, disappointment and rejection. They all hurt. No one likes them. I sure didn’t. But now, looking back, I’m thankful for them because those experiences made me stronger, more resilient and, most importantly, more appreciative of the little successes when they do come.

I know that the road to success is almost never a straight path. It sure hasn’t been for me. But Pierce is a wonderful place to include on your journey of life — a community full of amazing people and abundant resources available to anyone who asks. At Pierce, I was encouraged to put my fears aside and try many new things. I signed up for classes in Salsa Dance, Hip-hop, Geography and Karate. I joined clubs and organizations such as the ASO, AGS, Chinese Club and Film Club. I utilized the many student services such as those offered through the Transfer Center and Honors Transfer Program. Each new experience opened my eyes and mind to exciting new possibilities I never would have known otherwise. So I want to say a big THANK YOU to Los Angeles Pierce College! I will always fondly remember the many wonderful people here who have helped me along the way.

Whether you’re graduating or transferring from Pierce, or if you’re continuing or just beginning your journey here — CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve come to the best place! As said in one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss — “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

GO BRAHMAS!

Vivian Yee
Associated Students Organization president