Santa's Helpers

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ALEXANDER TRAN

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Tell us a little about Yourself

Alexander is a 3rd year at UCSD pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in General Biology. He joined Alpha Phi Omega in the Fall of 2019 and is pursuing a career in medicine.

WHY OP SANTA?

I have grown up in a lower income household, and seeing that some people are unable to enjoy the holidays, it gives me a sense of purpose in wanting to become someone that can give and help others enjoy the holidays. I view the holidays as a time of giving, and I want to be able to give back as much as I can.

Favorite Part about the holidays?

Alexander’s favorite part about the holidays is just having the time to be able to spend time with his family, since there aren’t very many opportunities to do so since going to college. He also enjoys being able to see his younger cousins having fun opening presents.

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Tell us a little about Yourself

Amanda is currently a 3rd year at UCSD pursuing a major in B.S in Human Biology with a minor in Human Developmental Science. She joined APO in the spring of 2019, as apart of the Beta Zeta class. In her free time, she likes to paint and try new food spots!

Why op santa?

The last two years I have had the opportunity to help out with Operation Santa. From being an adopter to delivering presents, I have found tremendous excitement while taking part in the project. As it is my last year at UCSD, I want to take on a greater role and I hope to share a little bit of love and joy to others during the holidays. 

Favorite Part about the holidays?

During the holidays, Amanda loves the energy and holiday festivities like seeing Christmas lights and making cookies. She also loves to rekindle and catch up with family and friends at the end of the year.

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Tell us a little about Yourself

Callista is a 3rd year at UCSD pursuing a B.S. in Global Health with a minor in Psychology. She joined APO in the Fall of 2019, as part of the Beta Eta class. In her free time, she likes to watch Netflix, cook, and explore San Diego!

WHY OP Santa?

The holiday season is a time of year that is filled with love and happiness, and to share that same warmth that I am fortunate enough to experience with the San Diego community, is truly special. OpSanta is meaningful to me as it aligns with my future goals of helping underserved and marginalized communities and I hope we will be able to share the holiday spirit with as many families as possible!

Favorite Part about the holidays?

During the holidays, Callista enjoys watching Christmas movies with her brother, wrapping presents, and being surrounded with family and friends.

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Tell us a little about Yourself

Joanne is a 3rd year at UCSD majoring in Human Developmental Sciences and minoring in Psychology.  She joined APO in Fall of 2019, as part of the Beta Eta class. In her free time, she likes to journal, cook, and catch up on shows!

Favorite Part about the holidays?

Joanne's favorite part of the holidays is getting to see all my family and friends together. Being able to gather your loved ones at the end of the year is a blessing and makes the holiday season extra meaningful!

 

Favorite gift?

A long pea coat!