Economics and Commerce
Howdy, OYFA. My name is Taylor Mendoza, and I'm proud to serve as President for the 2021-2022 term. I'm a fourth year majoring in Economics and Commerce and I'm from the best state in the DMV. You can usually find me at the MSC, on the tennis courts, or occasionally in class. My hobbies include spending time with my OYFAmily, collecting records, boarding of the snow and skate variety, and appreciating nonstandard corporate architecture. I'm so excited to play a part in this amazing organization in my last year at UVA, so looking forward to a great year!
Taylor's Favorite Quote:
"Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten" - Vampire Weekend
VA Beach, VA
Hello, I'm Ariane, a 3rd year in the Comm school. I was born & raised in the 757, with 3 older brothers and then a little sister. I'm a die-hard nintendo kid. I love Zelda games, pokemon, and have a soft spot for forgotten Gameboy Advanced & Gamecube Games. I'm aquarius sun w/ a capricorn moon, so... idk how im in a relationship rn. I swear I have a leo rising somewhere tho because i crave love & attention hehe. I also have other miscellaneous hobbies, but if you wanna learn more about me hmu! we might have something in common <3
Ariane's Favorite Quote:
"WROWROWROWROWRO" - Bertha
Statistics | East Asian Minor
Hey guys!!!! I'm Arabella Chiang and I'm your Treasurer this year, so be on the
look out for those Venmo requests ;) I'm currently a 3rd year majoring in
Statistics and minoring in East Asian Studies. I was born in Montgomery,
Maryland, but was raised in Ashburn, VA, so I'm another NOVA kid here at UVA.
If anyone lives in NOVA and wants to hang out over breaks hit me up :))
Just a little about me, I love being on the go, so come out and adventure with me. There's many mountains to hike and trails to walk in Cville! I also love to just be around people and is always down to hang. I am a talker and can talk your ear off, so if you're down to hang I'm here! I am also a huge foodie, so come get food with me too. Maybe I'll cook, you never know.
Anyways, I somehow found my way into OYFA my first year and was able to find people who I call my best friends and practically my family. I remember being hesitant in joining, until Sofia dragged me out to make Tiktoks with her and then the rest was history!
Arabella's Favorite Quote:
"It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine" - Winnie the Pooh
Interdisciplinary in Biology, Psychology, and Anthropology
Hello everyone! I hope this bio finds you well. I'm Angie, and I am your OC for this year! This past year, I discovered that 1) I have no self control when it comes to buying clothes, and 2) I’m obsessed with Korean food. I know this year will be all kinda of things, so you ever need anything, just lmk and I’ll help in any way I can! Regardless, I'll be here, outreaching :)
Angelina's Favorite Quote:
“A hug is always the right size” - Winnie the Pooh
Cognitive Science concentrating in Computer Science
Hey guys! My name is Jazlyn Nguyen, and I’m half-Filipino and half-Vietnamese. I was born in Washington state, and moved to Virginia when I was 6. I love my relationships, and I love building community to help people feel at home! My hobbies include making music, gaming, and reading tarot cards~ Let me know if you want to see your future! Hint: It’s in OYFA
Jazlyn's Favorite Quote:
"Real pain for your sham friends, champagne for your real friends." - Anon
Hi hi friends - My name is Sam Dioneda, and I'm a second year nursing student
serving as your Recording Secretary this school year. Outside of OYFA and being
a nursing student, I am apart of MAN and was an OL this summer, so hi if you
were an orientee of mine! When I'm not doing anything related to school or
OYFA, I love to bake, cook, eat sugar lol, run, read manga, and binge anime.
Besides the above, I also love to see people smile. Seeing people happy with who they are and what they do is as addicting as sugar to me, and I always strive to create that environment it whatever situation I am in.
As for OYFA, it may sound cliché, but OYFA has given me a home in the grand place that is UVA, and I am eternally grateful for that. Coming in as a first year during a pandemic was tough, but somehow, OYFA helped me grow in ways I never imagined, try new things I never would have given thought to (like dancing LOL), and let me meet and form friendships with people I will treasure or the rest of my life.
So enough of me already, we can talk about that another time. If you're reading this and you're on the website... see you at OYFA events and I hope to get to know you and see you smile :))
Sam's Favorite Quote:
"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." - Mother Teresa
Pre-med Psychology | Health and Well-Being minor
Virginia Beach, VA
Alas, I saw the bright light that dawned upon my wide eyes as I emerged from
my mother's womb, and thus began the life I live today.
jk HAHA, hellOYFA all of you beautiful humans! my name is Lauren and I'm super excited to be serving as one of your Culture chairs for my last year here at UVA (': OYFA has given me some of the greatest experiences of my life throughout the past 3 years, and I can't wait to make even more memories with you all this year. outside of my academics, I enjoy being unapologetically myself, advocating for mental health and wellness (which I have struggled with for almost a decade so if you ever need someone to talk to I am always here!), and serving people in my community. my other hobbies include cooking yummy vegan recipes, going on hikes around the Blue Ridge area, tanning at the pool and beach, playing tennis, and singing even though I have awful performance anxiety. hmu if you wanna be friends <3
PEACE. LOVE. KUL2RA.
Lauren's Favorite Quote:
"The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." - The Emperor, Mulan
Global Public Health and Computer Science
Virginia Beach, VA
Helloyfa! My name is Josh, and I am one of your Culture Chairs this year!
I'm a fourth year studying Global Public Health and Computer Science (still
unclear what I'll do post-grad). In my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball,
thrifting, and binge watching Netflix series. Find me procrastinating in the
Multicultural Student Center!
PEACE. LOVE. KUL2RA.
Joshua's Favorite Quote:
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep." – Robert Frost
Global Public Health | Anthropology Minor
Hello hello, i'm Annie ! This is my first year on B&C but i'm beyond excited to be one half of your historic chairs! I'm a 2nd year, hopeful GPH major with a minor in Anthropology. I love film photography and learning languages (fun fact: i'm currently learning my 5th and 6th languages). Another thing I love doing is adding to +perfecting my coffee shop vibe playlist, so feel free to send me any good rnb/krnb/chinese-rnb song recs :))
Annie's Favorite Quote:
"Live your life like a Studio Ghibli film, where every moment, even seemingly insignificant, is beautiful." - Anon
Hiii I'm Emile! Currently a second year, RA, and undecided major-wise but we'll figure it out! I'm so excited to be one of your historic chairs! I love watching an unhealthy amount of television and movies at 2am. I'm always up for discussing them too! I also like to go on walks in the rain :) listen to music, play video games, read, and climb trees. Feel free to reach out just to chat or for anything at all!
Emile's Favorite Quote:
"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day" — Winnie the Pooh
Hello! I am your membership chair along with Jake this year. In my free time I love listening to music, watching cooking YouTube videos, and lying down. I also like to ice skate and impulsively purchase things I do not need .I am super excited to meet new people and make some mems :) Hope to see you soon!
Hannah's Favorite Quote:
"Quit, dont quit. Noodles, don't noodles. You are too concerned about what was and what will be. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift, that is why it is called the 'present'" - Master Oogway
Virginia Beach, VA
Who am I? I will tell you... I am Jake Ochave. The Jake Ochave. There are many stories
about me. What stories have you heard? I am the Glob-glo-gab-galab. The
shwabble-dabble-wabble-gabble flibba blabba blab. I'm full of shwibbly liber-kind. So
please do not be in a bind, cuz' I have committed no crimes! So live life worrying about no
*Brown Streak zooms pass you and you are stunned by his stellar looks and steamy presence.*
Jake's Favorite Quote:
"I need a room full of mirror so I can be surrounded by winners." - Kanye West
Pre-Commerce | Anthropology Minor
Hello! My name is Sydney Queener and I am one of the Public Relations chairs this year. I’m a second year majoring in Pre-Commerce and I am potentially minoring in Anthropology (honestly have no idea though? but it is fine). In my free time I like to shop (it is very much a problem), sew, bake, watch food videos on youtube, try new food and boba shops. I also really love dogs and cats.
Sydney's Favorite Quote:
Give man fish, he eats for a day. Give man fish man eat for life <3
Psychology and Media Studies
hi hi hi OYFA! My name is Hannah Roldan, and I’ll be serving OYFA as one of your Public Relations chairs for the 2021-2022 year. I’m currently a second year in the College of Arts and Sciences and currently I plan on studying Psychology and maybe also Media Studies. I’m so excited to be serving on OYFA’s B&C for the first time—Sydney and I have so many ideas we can’t wait to share with you! In my free time, I’m a freelance artist and general anime enthusiast. I also do play Genshin Impact a lot (hit me up if you wanna co-op!), and I will not hesitate to bake you a fresh batch cookies if you tell me you’re having a tough day. I look forward to getting to know you all! <3
Hannah's Favorite Quote:
"Just follow your heart, and keep smiling." - Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Global Public Health
Virginia Beach, VA
I joined OYFA to learn more about my Filipino heritage, and it’s been a blast getting to know such amazing individuals along the way! Being community chair is only one way I can give back to this organization and to the rest of the world on whatever scale possible!
Cheryll's Favorite Quote:
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” - Vincent Van Gogh
Chemical Engineering | Possible Sociology Minor
My story?...still trying to figure it out ._.
Patrick's Favorite Quote:
"All I've had is coffee and leftover pie." - Laufey
Computer Science | Health and Well-Being Minor
Hey y'all! I'm Josh De Vera and I'm one of your sports chairs for this year! I'm a 2nd year CS student in the e-school hoping to focus in cybersecurity. I love playing all sports and staying healthy physically and mentally. Feel free to hit me up to play sports, relax, or just talk about random things. I'm excited to see where we go with all the Sports events this year and hope to see y'all there! Fly high!
Josh's Favorite Quote:
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" - Shoyo Hinata
Women & Gender Studies
I am someone who is a weeb, loves edm/raves, and animals!! I also like having conversations about astrology and the universe :o Come out to volleyball and have fun with us!
Jay's Favorite Quote:
"You can fly even higher." - Kageyama to Hinata
Heyyy! I'm Franky, and studying makes up 80% of my personality (yeah, I follow study accounts on every social media platform), which is why I'm one of your advocacy chairs! I think education and staying informed is one of the most important things any individual can do for their community. The other 20% of my personality consists of constantly attempting to critique different media like a professional, upcycling/thrifting, and tennis. I also love cooking/baking and using my brain for anything >:D ! Feel free to hit me up if you ever want to rally or hold a verzuz, but just know that I'm always right...
Franky's Favorite Quote:
"Promise me you'll think about the implications!" - Paul, The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals
Medical Anthropology and Sociology
Helloyfa! I'm excited to be your interim Advocacy chair this fall! We have a bunch of fun activities coming up so stay tuned!! Please reach out to me if you wanna talk, chill, or just vibe :)
Nikolle's Favorite Quote:
"Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all" - In Memoriam A.H.H. by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Helloyfa helloyfa! I’m Maggie, Margaret Ann, Magrat, Maggot, Mama Maggie, or whatever you wanna call me and I’m excited to be your :D7 rep this year! I’m still figuring out what I wanna do with my life, and if you are too, then we can do it together 🥰 I’m always down for a random adventure or deep conversations about random things, so feel free to reach out hehe :)
Maggie's Favorite Quote:
“I will not let the fact that I cannot do everything stop me from doing everything I can.” - and I forgot who said that but I read it in a book once and it stuck fnsnsmksk
Helloyfa! I’m Sarah and I’m so hyped to be your D7 rep this year!! I love OYFA with my entire heart <333 I’m also involved with Greek life at UVA as a pi phi. Hit me up if ever wanna binge Daniel Padilla movies ;)
Sarah's Favorite Quote:
“Relax but don’t get comfortable” - Gucci Mane
Biomedical Engineering | Computer Science Minor
Virginia Beach, VA
What's up everyone! I'm Jared and I'm going to be one of your webmasters this year.
I'm a third year studying biomedical engineer and still don't have a single clue of
what I'm doing after college. I enjoy: cooking, snowboarding, anime, volleyball, scary
movies, music and the limited edition lime straw from TroSmo (NOT Trop).
I was lil late to the OYFA party and didn't join till my second semester of my first year. Even with my "late" start everyone was so welcoming and genuine. I quickly found my place at UVA within OYFA. So join ASAP! and come out to our meetings and events, fill out the little form, go to that dance practice even if you don't know anyone, the whole nine. I can't wait to meet you all.
Jared's Favorite Quote:
“Sometimes life is scary and dark. That is why we must find the light.” - BMO
Pre-med Biology | Computer Science Minor
Virginia Beach, VA
Hey everyone! My name is Emil, a fourth year pre-med student majoring in Biology and minoring in CS. A little about me, I was born in Manila and lived there for five years before my family moved to Virginia. I have a boxer back at home, her name is Allie. I love her with all my heart; a fun fact about her is that she sleeps like a human with her head always on a pillow and her bottom half under blanket. I like to play games--I recently migrated to PC gaming so woot woot. Some of my favorite games include the Dark Souls trilogy, Destiny, and Valorant; play with me some time! Also if you like to play chess, add me on chess.com so we can battle. Anyway, I'm really excited to meet all of you this year, and I can't wait to make memories with you all! :D
Emil's Favorite Quote:
"Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew." -- Jack Gilbert, Failing and Flying
Cognitive Science and Health and Well-Being
I was born in Biñan, Laguna then moved to northern Virginia when I was 2 years old. I was grateful to grow up in such a diverse area in NOVA, but it wasn’t until I joined OYFA that I became more in touch with my Filipino roots. When I first came to UVA, I was really scared to be on my own for the first time, but OYFA quickly became a home away from home. I love having a community that I can share and appreciate my Filipino culture with! <3
Isabel's Favorite Quote:
“May the flowers remind us why the rain was so necessary.” - Anon
Global Public Health and Stastics | Global Sustainability Minor
Virginia Beach, VA
I was born in Bohol, Philippines and moved to Virginia Beach when I was three. So obviously, my favorite thing to do in my free time is go to the beach, but I also enjoy thrifting, cooking, playing volleyball, working out, and getting ice cream with friends. :P My favorite time of day is golden hour, and if I could listen to one album for the rest of my life it would be Ctrl by SZA.
Leigh's Favorite Quote:
"Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well." - M.I.A.
Winston Salem, NC
Ever since I was a kid I was always attracted to creating and making. I taught myself how to draw, paint, make jewelry, and have used creative writing as a channel for self-expression as well! This outlet has helped me a lot with mental health and personal growth/wellness, both of which I’m also really passionate about. Every day I hope to share this with my communities and to open others to their creative, freely expressive sides.
Jana's Favorite Quote:
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” -Rabindranath Tagore