As another year comes to a close, TAP-NY is saying goodbye to four of our amazing board members. Alex Tsu, Betty Wang, Cynthia Van, and Emily Kuo have dedicated countless hours to selflessly building our community, and TAP-NY is lucky to have had them.

We asked these four amazing individuals to reflect on their time on the board – check out their thoughts below.

Alex Tsu
Outgoing Professional Chair

1) What was your favorite TAP memory and why?
So Many! Novotel TAPpy Hour, Board Retreat, Boston Convention, Lunar New Years Banquet

2) How has TAP helped you grow as a person and as a member of this community?
TAP has taught me how to work together as a cohesive team, help out wherever I can, and inspire others to participate in the activities we host. I’ve made so many friends through TAP, and I can’t imagine New York without the TAP community.

3) What are some words of advice you would give to incoming board members?
Come out as often as you can; make an effort to meet and befriend people who have come out to their first TAP event.

Betty Wang
Outgoing Vice President

1) What was your favorite TAP memory and why?
I’ve had so many TAP memories in the last three years, it’s really tough to pick my favorite. I would have to say my first memorable TAP experience was the mid-term convention in Las Vegas. I bonded with so many fellow board members that weekend and met so many like-minded people from chapters all across the country. This experience really strengthened my enthusiasm for the organization and its vision meanwhile having a ton of fun.

2) How has TAP helped you grow as a person and as a member of this community?
Being a part of TAP has taught me the value of teamwork and supporting others. Together, we’ve been able to grow the TA community in New York and provide opportunities for personal, social, professional and cultural growth, not just for the board but also all of our members. TAP has helped me network and meet tons of awesome and interesting people.

3) What are some words of advice you would give to incoming board members?
Don’t be afraid to try something new and step out of your comfort zone. The TAP family is so supportive and welcoming of new ideas, so if you’ve got an idea and want to try it out, TAP is the place to do it!

Cynthia Van
Outgoing Treasurer

1) What was your favorite TAP memory and why?
My favorite TAP memory is the 2016 TACL National Convention in Boston. We have such a strong TAP-NY chapter that it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that we have an enormous and incredibly supportive national network. I had a great time meeting TAP members from all chapters, and of course TAP-NY was on its game as always and brought complete ridiculousness and hilarity.

2) How has TAP helped you grow as a person and as a member of this community?
I’ve felt somewhat disconnected from my heritage and the Asian community since graduating high school and moving to the East Coast, and I’m very grateful to TAP for helping me reconnect this year. I’ve met people who will hopefully become lifelong friends and I’ve joined a tightly knit community that I’m proud to be part of for the rest of my life.

3) What are some words of advice you would give to incoming board members?
TAP will give back more than you give, but don’t become complacent – get after it and contribute!

Emily Kuo
Outgoing Cultural Chair

1) What was your favorite TAP memory and why?
It’s so hard to choose one favorite TAP memory! I might have to say free time + casino night at the Georgia Aquarium during Midterm Convention earlier this year – it was so cool partying with the fishes!

2) How has TAP helped you grow as a person and as a member of this community?
Being a part of TAP has helped me build confidence in what I do. I’ve also learned so much from all the people I’ve met through TAP.

3) What are some words of advice you would give to incoming board members?
Don’t be afraid to try new things!