Each month, TAP will be profiling one of our amazing members! This month’s member of the month is Oliver Tsai!
1. Tell us about yourself! It can be about anything – where you grew up, your professional background, your hobbies
I’m a proud Taiwanese-American from the great state of South Carolina. I thought I was special until I met three other TAP members from the Palmetto state! It attests to how strong the network is here. After going to college in Baltimore, I came to New York for the big city experience. I’ve been working on water supply engineering in NYC, New Jersey, and Connecticut ever since. Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out how to make the most environmental and social impact for the next phase of my career.
2. Why did you join TAP? What are your favorite events?
My introduction to TAP was through the sports activities, so I want to give a shout out to my wonderful flag football teammates. They’re a super fun and supportive group of friends – good people all around. Just to balance out the brains and the brawn, trivia events are a lot of fun as well. We’ve helped to plan two trivia nights so far, so hopefully people are enjoying them. The great thing about TAP is that there’s something for everybody. The events are as diverse as the people that make up our community.
3. Tell us something cool that happened to you this past year.
Actually, I’m still riding a high from a recent trip to Iceland. It’s a magnificent destination if you’re into the outdoors and nature. In the span of a two hour drive, you can see dramatic shifts in landscape ranging from mountains and waterfalls to black sand beaches to glaciers and ice. The land has an ethereal beauty to it. I’d love to go back and see the aurora borealis in the wintertime.
4. If we wanted to hang out, where would we find you?
The best place to find me on weekends is on the football fields for our scrimmages and games. Aside from sports, I enjoy seeing live music at bars around the city. My favorite honky-tonk bar closed down last year, so I’ve been searching for a new place to catch country and acoustic music acts.
5. What’s your advice for any newer members who want to get more involved?
Advice from a self-described introvert: no need to be shy. Start off with the smaller events to meet people in a casual setting. That way, you’ll recognize friendly faces at the bigger social events and happy hours. TAP is a very inclusive group and we welcome friends from all backgrounds. As I mentioned before, there’s a wide variety of activities ranging from athletic, social, professional, civic and political. And if there’s something missing that you’d like to see, all the more reason to get involved to bring new ideas and faces to the community.