Hello there! I am Sophia Tong (she/her/hers), a fellow Freshman at Hunter College.
As much as I want to show off all the “good things” I did in life, I am just someone who falls victim of showing only the best moments of my life. If elected as 2025 MSC representative, I will be nothing different from who you are. I will be getting lost in campus, a broke college student, but most importantly, I am another human that you will pass by in the hallways, but a human that is self-aware and wants to help her community.
Let me reintroduce myself. Hi! I am Sophia, I was born in NYC, but my family is from Hong Kong. I love my hometown, but I still have the desire to travel! I am a band kid (I embrace it), but I love volleyball, painting (badly), fashion, reading (occasionally… okay more like when I feel like it), music, cooking, photography, and kickboxing.
As a former specialized high school student, I came across a large Asian community in the past years. I became more attuned with my own sense of identity as an Asian American and translated this self-discovery through my work and contributions as a Media Creator at Asian Feed. However, as I learned about how to uplift my own community, I came to the realization about how to show that same amount of support and be an ally to other communities as well. As a representative, I want to uplift your voice and culture, and bring light to your daily struggles that are often forsaken, all the while learning and educating myself on the diverse community Macaulay has.
On my journey to learn other foreign cuisine recipes where I also explore their culture, I realized how much impact food can have on bringing people from cultures all around the world into one kitchen. At Macaulay, I hope to bring us closer through creating student-run events where we can learn about each other’s cultures through collaborating on our recipes and cooking food together in our communal kitchens.
Over the course of my life, I learned how to be grateful for what I have and the importance of giving back and creating opportunities for others. At my high school, I led a club called Help the Homeless by coordinating events and seminars that focused on community outreach to people experiencing homelessness. As an Ambassador for Gen She, I helped provide resources about internships and scholarships to young women. As someone who experiences financial instability and lacks many resources, I know first-hand how hard it is to do this on your own. As your MSC Representative, I want to create consistent various workshops that gives us resources for internship and job hunting, resume building, writing formal emails, and mentorships that most people pay for. I hope to create a safe space for students experiencing facing financial instability to voice their opinions. Through my literature and outreach, I will continue to advocate for the financially unstable, and against AAPI hate while supporting and uplifting other groups at the intersectionality of these issues as well.
If you want to get to know more about me beyond what’s on paper, let’s have a conversation! You can hit me up through my socials (found in my Linkree), zoom, or meet me in person! If you want to know more about my experience in leadership and community engagement, you can check out my resume via Linktree as well.
Thanks for reading to the end! Vote for Sophia for your 2025 Hunter MSC Representative!
Sophia’s Linktree: www.linktr.ee/sophiatong