Member of the Month Interviews: Get to know our Members of the Month

Interview with Member of the Month
Potjaman Pigulsawas
by Finnegan Pitchford
Time: June 1st, at 1:00pm
Location: PCC Quad

Where are you from?
I came here from Thailand in 2006.

Why did you join AGS?
My life has always revolved around school and home, which was boring. I thought that there must be more to life than just school, so I started joining clubs and other extracurricular activities.

What other clubs are you in?
I am in REEO, a club funded by PCC. It stands for Resources of Employment and Educational Opportunity.

What was your favorite AGS event?
Blast-a-Scholar and the banquet are favorites. Since I have been in AGS for 3 semesters, I have seen these events a few times. I am going to become a permanent member.

Have you pied anyone at Blast-a-Scholar before?
Last fall I threw a pie at a professor who was an AGS member.

You were on four committees this semester. Why did you join these committees?
This is my last semester in AGS, and I’m only taking 3 classes, so I wanted to do as many things as I could. I’m in the Fundraising, Blast-a-Scholar, Business, and Publicity Committees.

What do you do for fun?
I read, garden, watch movies, and swim.

What do you garden?
In my garden I am planting flowers and vegetables. The vegetables are cilantro, green onion, bell peppers, chili peppers, and tomatoes.

What is your major?
My major is Hospitality Management. I’m from Thailand, where the economy is tourist based, so there are a lot of hotels and restaurants there. My family always stays in a hotel when we go on a trip. And when we’re staying at a hotel, I always compare its pricing and services to that of other hotels. Also, I love to provide services. So I would be happy working in that industry.

Interview with Member of the Month
Keira Song
by Finnegan Pitchford
Time: June 2nd, at 1:30pm
Location: Shatford Library

Where are you from?
I am from Beijing. I came to the U.S. in 2009, and started going to PCC in spring 2010.
Why did you originally join AGS?
I joined because it is an honor society. Coming from another country, I thought I’d have a better life if I joined an honor society. But I wasn’t just looking for the reputation, I was also looking for the quality. I heard about AGS from one of my friends, who was a previous board member. He said it was a fabulous club. I felt very privileged to join AGS.

What do you like best about AGS?
What I like best about AGS is the enthusiasm. Everyone is energetic and welcoming. It has pushed me forward to get familiar with American culture. It is a mutual learning process, because the AGS members and I are like-minded. Being in AGS gives me the feeling of home. I have no family here, so my friends at PCC are like my family.

What were your favorite AGS events?
Hooray for Hollywood, the X-Factor tv-taping, and the Job Fair.

What do you do for fun?
I hang out with friends. I also enjoy shopping. I like shopping in Pasadena old-town.

What is your major?
My major is Business for Accounting. After being in a lot of internships, I realized that working in business is what I like. Every time I am dealing with business outside of campus, it is very challenging. But I like to be challenged, so I like business.

What is your goal or dream?
I want to become a bridge between China and the U.S. I have the advantages of having Chinese background, and U.S. experience. So I can be a culture interpreter. Like a bond between the two countries.

What was it like to run for a board position?
The whole process is so intense. But it was a good experience of competition. By running, I think I have gained a lot of things other than just the position itself. If I had a chance to do it all over, I wouldn’t do anything differently.

Interview with Member of the Month
Jordan Acevedo
by Jennifer Yang
Time: May 24th, 2011 12:54pm
Interview took place over E-mail

How do you feel of being the Member of Month?
I don’t feel any different than I did before I was recognized. I think the purpose of this award is not meant for the individual recipient but it is the individual in light of the whole. Recognition as member of the month showcases to others members the opportunities for and loads of fun one can have as being a part of AGS.

What is the most memorable AGS event you have attended this semester?
It was the first CS event of the spring semester, Float decorating for the Rose Parade. We all sat around in a circle pulling the pedals off of poppies and glueing them onto 6x4in. cards. The thing that made it so memorable was that the tent which the float was housed had to be kept at a very low temperature and every few minuets we had someone come by inspecting our work, telling us to work faster and faster.

What is your major?
Philosophy and business.

Why do you want to choose those two majors, and how do they connect to each other?
My first interest is philosophy. I like the constructive components of philosophy, of how things work together to build something greater than the sum of its parts. From studying philosophy I have also learned how to analyze and identify some of the major assumptions that people take for granted every day. I plan to study business because I view business as a materializing of valid philosophical thoughts and concepts.

Which university are you transferring to?
In the fall I will be attending Loyola Marymount University. It is a Jesuit school, which over the centuries, have been known for their theoretical and practical applications of philosophy in areas like of law and business. Both of which I have not ruled out as possible career choices.

What are you planning to do for a living in the future?
I am not sure yet. I have a few ideas though. Like I said I want to study business and philosophy and probably go on to get my JD or get my MBA and start my own company.

What are your goals in your life?
I have an interest in cultures other than my own, so I plan to learn at least three other languages. Possibly Mandarin or Russian, German and Spanish. With that I would also like to travel a bit and learn the customs of other places. But after all the traveling I would still like to live in my hometown of Pasadena.

You are transferring next semester. So do you have anything to say to encourage the fellow AGS members?
Once people realize how much fun they are having doing service for others the construct of having to fulfill a quota of 20 or 15 service hours becomes irrelevant. Service to others in need becomes a natural component of a well rounded individual.

About the Alpha-Bits Team

The Alpha-Bits Team consists of AGS Alpha chapter members Katie Brown, Efren Chuong, Finnegan Pitchford, Krishna Rajagopalan and HuaYuQing (Jennifer) Yang.
They write, report, edit, photograph, design, and much more for the newsletter. If you’d like to join the newsletter team, e-mail with Newsletter Team in subject line.


Writing: Katie Brown, Krishna Rajagopolan, Jennifer Yang, Krissi Mena.
Photography: Efren Chuong, Krishna Rajagopolan
Design: Lindsay Lewis, Share Lin, Krissi Mena, Finnegan Pitchford, Priscilla Ruiz

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