President. Chancellor. The leader of The YUNiversity. He is fiercely loyal to UC Berkeley, his alma mater, where he graduated with honors in English. A polymath of sorts, he has experience in writing, editing, journalism, curriculum development, teaching, marketing, and college admissions consulting.
If you’ve got a question or comment, drop him a line at henry@TheYUNiversity.net. (And don’t be scared about making grammar or spelling mistakes.)
Provost. Henry’s bae and lead researcher and fact checker. During college, she studied law abroad at the University of Sussex in Brighton. (ICYWW, that’s in England.) She is the inspiration behind 97.42% of the examples that involve the mysterious and (generally) lovable “Jo” on Twitter.
She was extremely happy when DrunkenTigerJK began to follow @The_YUNiversity on Twitter.
If you have ideas for promotions, requests, or would like your favorite K-pop idol or bias featured in our tweets, posts, or articles, give her a holler straight away: nan@TheYUNiversity.net.
Vice Chancellor. Henry’s confidant and right-hand man. Peter handles the nuts and bolts on the tech side of things. As an IT expert, he enjoys programming and trying out new functions. (If this site or our Tumblr isn’t working properly, it’s probably because he’s playing around with coding.)
He loves anime. And video games. And playing bass guitar.
Have a suggestion for the site or a feature you want to see added? Hit him up: peter@TheYUNiversity.net.
Mascot. A YUNicorn in shorkie form (part black Shih-Tzu, part Yorkshire Terrier). He becomes particularly annoyed at the sight of dangling modifiers, ambiguous pronouns, and sentences that do not employ the Oxford comma.
He prefers the abbreviated moniker Chewie and has a one-way bromance with Siwon Choi’s dog Bugsy.
Writing intern. Santa Clarita Valley International, ’16. Nessa spends most of her time binge watching, thinking about studying, and trying to write. She is taking eleven classes in an attempt to graduate early, so she can move on to become a writer/director.
A fiercely loyal Gryffindor, you’ll probably hear her talk about her friends a little too much.
Writing intern. Mihail Sadoveanu National College, Iași , Romania, ’17. Smaranda prefers to be referred to as Rissa because there are no words for how much Smaranda despises the former.
Rissa likes bees, theater, outer space, tiny animals, and the debatable excitement of living in a constant existential crisis. Rissa is also a fan of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows and writes both prose and poetry. Rissa is secretly a space fairy with magical hair.
Art Intern. Bayview Secondary School, ’16. Jessica (or Jess for short) is a dubious five feet tall. She has a big thing for cute cartoon shows. She doodles on everything and loves a bad pun. Sometimes, she writes stories.
Jess is very down with the trend of featuring more diverse characters in the media. Currently, she is working towards earning her IB diploma. Alas, she is not very good at math.
Jess doesn’t really know what to major in yet, but she’ll cross that bridge when she gets to it. :^)
Writing intern. Born and raised in the little red (tropical) dot known as Singapore, Pamela has always been drawn to the beauty of the sky. From watching sunrises and sunsets, and the fluffy white clouds against the clear blue sky, to the dark contrast of a night sky full of stars. Pamela loves them all. Her favourite sky colours are deep blue, lilac, and one with both a tinge of pink and orange. She finds them simply alluring.
Contrary to the climate she lives in, Pamela loves winter. She loves the snow and all things cold. So do not be surprised if you find a shivering Pamela drinking an iced-cold drink on a chilly day (or in a place with very strong air-condition).
Venturesome is the word she has decided to live by since 2016. She wants to be bold and courageous in whatever she does. Thus, a venturesome explorer Pamela aspires to be! She desires to travel around the world and experience different cultures, meet new people and gain new insights. Aside from learning from another's perspective, she would also like to share hers (if you would like her to).
Writing Intern. Bayview Secondary School IB, ’18. Enshia currently resides in Canada, but she has scattered bits and pieces of her childhood across three countries, seven homes, and eight different schools. In her free time, she enjoys listening to classical music, playing the piano, filmmaking with friends, reading, the occasional long walk, and taking a stab at her own literary endeavours.
Enshia is young and would like to see more of the world. She believes that people are intrinsically good, and that everyone has valuable stories to tell. It may be impossible to know another person fully, but those rare moments of connection are beautiful and worthwhile.
Never be afraid to start a conversation with Enshia; she probably wants to talk to you more than you do to her!
Writing Intern. Faith Baptist High School, ’18.
Madison is a proud American with conservative political views who enjoys frequently participating in informed, rational debates. In her free time, she either reads books about history, politics, economics, and philosophy or plays basketball for her high school. Madison plans to double-major in economics and political science and pursue a career in law.
Writing Intern. Calabassas High School, ’18. Jonah exhibits his philosophy of giving back to the community by volunteering at hospitals, fundraisers, and other service events. Besides community service, Jonah is often studying, working with his school clubs, or continuing his 12-year passion for music through the drums, guitar, piano, and other instruments. In his free time, he is hanging out with his family and friends, voraciously reading, or working out. Jonah is often described as outgoing and has a way with words that allows him to reason with others when they are in tough situations; one of his strengths is being the voice of reason and displaying leadership in group settings. Jonah aspires to attend Stanford University and become a reconstructive surgeon.
Art Intern. Grover Cleveland Charter High School, ’18. Christine’s artistic inspiration comes from the works Victo Ngai. She has been competing in art competitions since she was eight, ranking in school, regional, state, and international levels. Outside of the art spectrum, she debates about nuclear policy, social justice, and philosophy as part of her school’s debate team; gives speeches on current events, as part of competing in International Extempt on her school’s speech team; and gives speeches on international issues as part of her MUN team. In other words, aside from drawing, Christine just really likes talking. She also apologizes for a bio that is not as captivating as the rest, but her forte’s art, not writing.
Photo Intern. Shani Leead is a Los Angeles based photographer with a case of the doodle bug. (Note: it is recommended to keep your important documents away from her as her tendency to doodle is mildly uncontrollable). She views the world through the lens of a camera and often manipulates time and space like Walter Mitty. Through both her writing and photography she shares stories that inspire, entertain, and influence people.
Facebook: Shani Leead Photography
Writing intern. Bayview Secondary School, ’18. There is an overwhelming amount of stuff that whirls around in Kate’s mind every day. This doesn’t mean that she somehow thinks more profoundly than the average person, but that she needs an outlet. Kate is prone to sudden surges of extreme passion for racial and gender equality, music, mental health, indie films, and dogs. Writing lets her express them.
She admires people like Christina Grimmie, Lilly Singh, and Casey Neistat, who use their artistry and influence to spread love and advocate for positive change in the world. Kate hopes to do the same in her own way. As for now, she can often be found lurking on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
👩🎓 Honorable AlumNi 👨🎓
To be fair, all of our former interns are honorable. They wouldn’t have been selected in the first place if they weren’t. This section is for former interns who have made significant contributions to our Medium publication, and without whom it wouldn’t be what it is today.
David Guirgis, Writing Intern
Emily Johnson, Writing Intern
Kaylynn Kim, Art Intern
Joyce Kung, Writing Intern
Cindy Wang, Writing Intern
Tirzah Khan, Writing Intern
G, Writing Intern
Cherie Chu, Writing Intern
Alicia Hu, Writing Intern
Seyeong Min, Writing Intern