Meet Brianna Chin, a junior at Montclair majoring in Theater Production/Design. You can find her all over campus! You’ll see this collegiette floating around during campus events and especially when the Indian Culture Club is hosting one. Brianna loves cultural organizations. Being of Cantonese decent, Brianna loves to explore other types of music, dance, clothing, and of course, food! Brianna is part of the executive board for the Indian Culture Club as well as the Public Relations Director. Brianna says, “We co-sponsor many of our events with the other cultural organizations, such as the United Asian American Student Organization, the International Student Organization, and the Latin American Student Organization.”
Aside from being very involved in the different culture clubs at Montclair, Brianna is very into her major as well. Specifically, she concentrates on costume design. She advises that everyone should spend some time in theater. She states, “It’s all about taking what’s inside of your mind and putting it outside. It forces you to spend time discovering yourself and because of that, it opens you up to share your vulnerabilities with the world. You become fearless, or close to it.”
Brianna considers herself both outgoing and shy. She tells HC Montclair, “I’m a people person, but I occasionally walk around still thinking I’m that 6th grade, pizza-faced hermit with braces. I’ll assume that any attractive person isn’t going to want to talk to me! But even if I still was that girl, I’ve come to learn that people are more open than you think. You just have to open up to people, and they will do the same.” Being a people person and being more outgoing than usual, Brianna told HC Montclair that recently she was selected to be in a photo shoot for CollegeBoard! She says you can find her on the front cover of CollegeBoard’s 2012 College Handbook.
Brianna enjoys Yellowcard, Kat Von D., and Moulin Rouge. She describes Kat Von D. as having amazing talent and being effortlessly cool. She notes that if she was asked about her religion, she would answer “Yellowcard.” Her favorite movie is Moulin Rouge, because being so into her major and costume design, Moulin Rouge has everything Brianna admires in theater!
Brianna describes herself as inquisitive, versatile, and restless. She explains that she is a very open-minded person. “Nothing is taboo, and everything is possible until I see proof that it is impossible,” she says. If you don’t get a chance to meet Brianna here at Montclair, hopefully in the future you’ll see her on her own TV show on the Travel Channel! Traveling the world, meeting people, and eating their food is what Brianna wants to do after college.
Why did you choose to join the Indian Culture Club?
I was always interested in other cultures, being that I am from Parsippany where the people are very diverse. I was introduced to Indian dance and music in high school and fell in love with it, so when I came to MSU, I instantly found a home in the Indian Culture Club. All clubs and events are open to everyone, and are usually free!
Do you like being so involved on campus?
I’d say it’s the best part of the “college experience.” I like to melt away boundaries and mesh people together. I enjoy being a representative of the Indian Culture Club, and sharing what we have to offer with others, and vice versa. I get to meet and work with so many people with an array of talents and interests such as radio talk show hosts, dancers, chefs, photographers, hairstylists, and DJs. You can expand your world greatly from just one conversation with someone you just met. You might discover a career path you didn’t know existed, or a new great place to buy cute shoes.
Do you have a favorite campus event?
I would have to go with the most wonderfully outrageous campus event I’ve attended; The S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M.S Drag Show. S.P.E.C.T.R.U.M.S is our LGBT organization. They had special guest drag performer, Sherry Vine, and volunteer student performers. It was bold, unique, and something most people might be afraid to experience. I loved it.
Do you plan any events on your own?
No, I haven’t. I always plan them with my fabulous exec-board! You can put together large events and have a greater turnout when you work as a team.