For our September Member of the Month, we interviewed superstar member Ricky Lung! Read on to learn more about him!

Tell us about yourself! It can be about anything – where you grew up, your professional background, your hobbies, etc.

I moved from Taiwan to NJ when I was 9. I didn’t know any English back then so I had to spend a lot of time with the dictionary. I still remember being super confused by the word “the”, because If you look it up in the dictionary it’ll tell you that word means absolutely nothing.

I went to college in Illinois, and moved to NYC for work. I’m currently a software engineer at a small startup called MaestroQA.

Why did you join TAP? What are your favorite events?

A bunch of my friends moved out of NYC so I wanted to meet more people and make new friends. My favorite events so far are the dance classes. I’m a complete beginner so I was pretty worried going in, but it’s a lot of fun and they definitely take care of you. I’d recommend the dance classes to anybody that’s on the fence about it.

Tell us something cool that happened to you this past year.

I roasted a whole chicken for the first time. I found my favorite restaurant (Estela).

If we wanted to hang out, where would we find you?

I like hanging out at diners because you can sit there and talk for hours and your server won’t try to kick you out. They’ll also refill your coffee as many times as you want to keep it hot. I also enjoy trying new restaurants and occasionally climb at Steep Rock.

What’s your advice for newer members who want to get more involved?

Keep up with the newsletters and look for events that interest you. If you’re anxious about meeting new people the board members are all super friendly and can introduce you to others, so don’t worry about it too much!