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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCSD chapter.

Get to know Joana Lachica!

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Year: Third year

Major/ minor: Major – Communications, Minor – Film Studies

College: Marshall

Hometown: West Covina, CA

Q: What made you join Her Campus?

Joana’s sister was a big reason for why she wanted to join Her Campus. After hearing all the positive experiences that her sister had with Her Campus UCLA, Joana’s interest was immediately developed. Since then, she has made it her goal to join Her Campus at UCSD and now that she’s made it, she’s so excited to start contributing her work and making some new friends!

Q: How has the pandemic changed you in a good way?

Before the pandemic, much of Joana’s attention was focused on studying and occasionally spending time with her friends. Since the pandemic began, she gained a lot of free time for herself. At that moment, she realized this was the chance for her to use this time and pick up again the hobbies that she used to enjoy such as reading and journaling. Joana even picked up new hobbies along the way such as collecting houseplants and writing letters to her friends. Overall, Joana thinks the pandemic has helped guide her to a better mindset of grabbing the opportunities that are right in front of her and learning how to appreciate the company of herself. 

Q: If you could star in a movie, which movie would it be?

Joana would love to see herself starring in Little Women (2019) because it has been one of her favorite movies (and books!) of all time. One of the things that she admired from this film was the way that each of the March sisters were distinctly written and portrayed. Besides the characters (and Timothee Chalamet as Laurie of course), Joana thinks that the movie’s theme on the power of sisterhood resonated a lot with her. 

Q: Where do you want to travel?

Lately, Joana has been wanting to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland to experience its rich culture and history and beautiful architecture. She got to learn many things about this city after stumbling through a TikToker who makes content based on her experience at Edinburgh (@mylittleedinburgh), but someday she hopes she gets the opportunity to learn about the city beyond the TikTok videos she watches and explore the city herself. 

Q: What is your best memory of UC San Diego so far?

Joana’s best memory of UCSD so far would probably be the dorm life that she had during her first year in college. Back then, her and her friends would meet up in the suite of her dorm to do homework together every night. Although they had different schedules and classes, they all made a collective effort to see each other at least once every day and just enjoy each other’s company. Joana definitely thinks that without this experience, her first year in college would have turned out so much different. However, since she had her friends with her whom she can connect and share experiences with, Joana was able to endure and persevere through the struggles that she had that year. 

I’m a premed student at UCSD & I can’t wait to contribute to the movement of empowering and celebrating other women!