Get to Know Ling Zeng - Distinguished Young Woman of California 2013

Name: Ling Zeng 
Age: 18
Hometown:San Diego, CA
College: University of Southern California
Major: Business Administration, Mathematical Finance (minor)
What is your favorite food: all!
What is your favorite TV show: Big Bang Theory
What is your favorite movie: The Proposal
What is your favorite Olympic sport: Diving
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition: viewing of Christmas lights
What is your favorite quote: “After all, tomorrow is another day” – Scarlett O’Hara
What is your favorite time of year: Christmas season
Plan ahead OR procrastinate? plan ahead
Paper OR plastic? paper
Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? half full
Introvert OR extrovert: introvert
Cats OR Dogs: dogs
Morning person OR night person? night person
What would we find in your refrigerator right now? You would find bags of veggies and fruit – apples, tangerines, carrots, grapes, you name it! I’m a huge veggie and fruit lover, and can literally survive all day snacking on them.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be? Eleanor Roosevelt – her persistence in doing what she felt was right, regardless of what people told her, inspires me tremendously. She really epitomizes the independent and fearless woman, unafraid to voice her opinion and create an identity for herself outside of just being First Lady.
What is your biggest fear? Uncertainty
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? Learn to manage and set your own schedule. When I came to college, I realized how important organization and prioritization were in being able to juggle academics along with extracurriculars, as well as leaving time to just have fun and enjoy college!
Sum yourself up in three words. Thoughtful, optimistic, motivated

Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. My favorite moment was when I got to present at my local Boys and Girls club during national Be Your Best Self week. I had the opportunity to talk to elementary school and middle school kids about what “being your best self” meant – to be ambitious, studious, responsible, healthy, and involved. It was incredible to be able to pass on such a positive message to young kids, and to see the enthusiasm with which they received it. I remember vividly, the bright, glowing eyes of the boys and girls, all clamoring to contribute to the discussion of BYBS. It was at this moment that I realized how meaningful Distinguished Young Women is, and how we, as community ambassadors and role models, really do have the power to make a positive impact on young people around us. It starts with small steps; eventually, every little step adds up to make a huge difference.

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