Proofreader/editor: Lesley Lee
Lesley's favorite Illinois memories/ highlights were making so many new friends and great memories living in Allen Hall and Wardall, and especially in The Navigators, a Christian student group. She had just become a Christian before coming to the U of I as a freshman, so U of I is where she really came to study the Bible and know God and His plan for her and for the world to know Him and His love. She was involved in residence hall government, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), SWE (Society of Women Engineers), Pi Tau Sigma, EOH (Engineering Open House), and Twin City Bible Church, and she worked briefly in food service and as a tutor. Iris Chang, who went on to be a renowned author, was a fellow Wardall 10th floor resident with she during her senior year. A highlight was attending the Urbana '87 student missions convention over Dec. 27-31 of that year, when it was like the entire U of I campus (dorms, classrooms, lecture halls, Assembly Hall) was transformed to a Christian student body, as 18,000 Christian delegates gathered to worship and attend workshops, meetings, and Bible studies, to be inspired, taught, and challenged about God's mission for the world and for us.
She decided to volunteer for UIAAAN primarily to use her native English abilities to make the organization's printed word communicate excellently and help the organization to shine. She is also still trying to figure out what her Asian-American identity means for her, and how she can give back to the Asian-American community as an alumna whose experiences (her own, as well as her parents, who were also Asian-American students, and her children, who are half-Chinese, half-Caucasian) may help make the path easier or clearer for others facing the same questions she have or had. Getting involved with UIAAAN seemed like it might help her on this journey.