Meet the TCPL Staff

  • April Tsuei

    April Tsuei

    College: Eleanor Roosevelt
    Hometown: Torrance, CA

    How has your relationship with your parents or family changed when you began college?  My relationship with my parents and family actually changed for the better since I began college. I’ve had contradictory views than my parents on a lot of subjects and the distance helped both parties to get some space and perspective on matters that drew us apart. We now appreciate and understand each other more and better. I have also realized how much of a difference they make in my life. There are a lot of little things that make me miss them and make me think about how much they do for me. That’s why I make sure to call every day— whether it be for a few minutes or not, I’d like to see their faces a bit and tell them I love them.

    Favorite place on campus : My favorite place on campus is The Loft. The Loft is such a relaxing place for me to relax and do work. It’s fantastic and diverse music is wonderful and so soothing! In addition, The Loft puts up a lot of fun events as well. Highly recommended!!


  • Areian Eghbali

    Areian Eghbali

    College: Revelle
    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

    Advice for parents & family members of UCSD students:  There’s a law in Psychology called the Optimal Arousal, which basically means that best performance comes when the level of stress is not too high or too low, but somewhere in the middle. That is what parents need to understand as well. Don’t completely forget about your college student (and I’m sure you won’t) but also don’t get too involved with everything that they're doing. Give them the space they need to learn about themselves and grow from their experiences in college. 

    Favorite place on campus: RIMAC - I’m always there when I have some free time playing soccer, ping pong, or just working out. It’s the best way for me to destress and get focused again. 

  • Diane Gallardo

    Diane Gallardo

    College: John Muir
    Hometown: Rialto, CA

    Advice for parents & family members of UCSD students: No matter the distance or how little you’ll see each other throughout the year, know that parent and family support is the most important thing to us UCSD students. You’re appreciated and you’re students are doing this college thing to make the family proud. Constantly communicate with your kids, and accept the fact that they’re growing up so support their decisions and encourage them to become more responsible.

    Favorite place on campusMy room (haha) because I have a beautiful view of the ocean and the soccer field. Besides that though, I love going to the Stonehenge in Revelle College because it’s an open field, great place for pictures, and has the occasional adorable puppy running around.
  • Madeline Park

    Madeline Park

    College: John Muir
    Hometown: Redwood City, CA

    How has your relationship with your parents or family changed when you began college? I think my relationship with my family has definitely a different dynamic to it than it used to. My family gives me more space to grow as an individual but at the same time treats me with the same love and care that I had growing up. I definitely think this has helped me to become closer with them and view them not only as my family, but as friends and even mentors as well.

    Favorite place on campus: I really love ClubMed because it’s located in the prettiest part of campus (the Biomedical Center) and is more obscure. Oftentimes I go there to escape the business of campus life and just relax and study for a few hours while enjoying some of the best food on campus!
  • May Kyaw

    May Kyaw

    College: Warren
    Hometown: Fremont, CA

    How has your relationship with your parents or family changed when you began college?  As I learn to be more independent with every passing year in college, I also learn to be more appreciative of my parents. They are definitely my support system; from asking about how my meals have been like to how I am handling my classes, my parents have taught me that self-care is as important as earning that A grade in college! 

    Favorite place on campus: Sixth Floor of Geisel! It has a nice, quiet study space with a view that overlooks the UCSD campus!
  • Miheer Modi

    Miheer Modi

    College: Revelle
    Hometown: Singapore and Mumbai, India

    How has your relationship with your parents or family changed since you began college? The initial adjustment to college was quite challenging as I had to adjust to a new country and its culture, new people as well as a different style of education.  Despite the distance, I feel I have become closer to my parents as I can somewhat understand the struggles they would have gone through when they moved out of India. The physical distance between my parents and I helped me become very independent and resourceful but at the same time, I started seeing them as friends and mentors. I feared going to college because I did not know how would I cope without their physical presence but regular communication made the transition much easier than anticipated.      


     Favorite Place on Campus: My favorite place on campus would have to be rooftop of the Ecoflats at The Village. I love going to the rooftop as its very serene and a tad nostalgic as it reminds me of the terrace of my childhood home where my friends and I used to fly kites, play tag and teach my dog tricks. Another reason I love going to the rooftop as I can see stars, enjoy the gentle breeze and relax with a nice cup of coco. After a tiring day of classes, it’s nice to disconnect and unwind.      

  • Mingcan "Tom" Tang

    Mingcan "Tom" Tang

    College: Sixth College
    Hometown: Beijing, CA 

    Advice for parents & family members of UCSD students:  College is a very important stage of our development. As college students, we start to become mature and independent, and we tend to make our own decisions rather than following others. And for various reasons, we expect parents to know this, and we anticipate more supports from our parents and family than criticisms. Therefore, here is my advice: as part of the UCSD community, all of us are the brightest students in the world, and our life as a student here can be stressful, so please be supportive! 

    Favorite place on campus: Birch Aquarium! With a variety of marine life displays, Birch Aquarium presents a plethora of underwater wonders and instantly provokes curiosity. Occasionally, it also exhibits special artistic creations that depict science from novel angles. Despite its distance from the main campus, it’s a great place to relax and to learn!
  • Miranda Go

    Miranda Go

    College: Warren
    Hometown: South San Francisco, CA

    Advice for parents & family members of UCSD students:  Constantly keep in touch with the new events that occur in your student’s life, while allowing them to experience independence and discover their true passions and values in life! Support your student in any circumstance and remind them that you’ll always be there for them. Also, encourage them to join any organizations that are interesting to them! 

    Favorite place on campus : My favorite place on campus would be the 2nd floor of Price Center! It’s a nice place to relax or get some homework done in between classes.
  • Yang Lu

    Yang Lu

    College: Thurgood Marshall
    Hometown: Alhambra, CA and Shanghai, China

    Advice for parents & family members of UCSD students:  I believe that UCSD truly allows students to select their lifestyle of choice. Research and coursework are revered and intense; however, supportive faculty and abundant student resources enable every student to thrive in this environment. Greek life and parties are present on campus, but there is no pressure to commit oneself to them. Furthermore, the climate in San Diego is the best I’ve experienced, and I once thought nowhere could better than Los Angeles. These conditions are ripe with opportunities for students to succeed. Overall, this is the ideal circumstance for students to mature with independence, determining their own goals and values in life. 
    Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is the Gilman Transit Center. Located near the end of Library Walk, the station is situated at a junction of multiple bus routes that each lead to new experiences. For example, the 201 and 202 Superloop routes are responsible for my daily commute to Preuss School, where I volunteer as a tutor. Route 101 takes me to Oceanside for transfer to the Metrolink train that connects my two homes, San Diego and Los Angeles. Perhaps more importantly, Routes 30 and 150 are responsible for the numerous off-campus ventures with my friends. From the Westfield UTC Mall to Old Town San Diego, the buses carry us to unforgettable adventures that I can fondly appreciate in the years to come. The Gilman Transit Center is on-campus, but its access to off-campus locations is what makes this place my favorite; similarly, college is a valuable experience because of the various professional paths that it unlocks.