TEDxUCSD | 2017 | ei-lin-chong
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Ei Lin Chong ’17

Major: Economics

Minor: Accounting

Internal

Tell us about yourself!
I hold one of the two internal positions in the TEDx Team. I consider myself quite a creative person and in my free time I like to draw/paint/create but I find I really need a significant block of time to feel free enough to do so. Otherwise, I also really enjoy any sort of crime TV and taking walks.
What is your favorite TED talk and why?


His illness rendered him unable to communicate for 13 years although, unknown to others, inside could think and feel. Pistorius had such a great amount of perseverance and spirit that showed through his talk that it really moved me. It also made me — someone who is usually quite quiet — really think about how much I disregard communication.

What enticed you to choose your major(s) and/or minor(s)?
I have been extremely lucky to have had amazing economics teachers throughout high school that captivated my interest in the subject. All of them contributed to my decision to further my economics career in college.
More than anything economics teaches a way of thinking and I like the background it gives me when I analyse problems in my life and in the world. Economics is also very open ended, somehow I have found that the more you learn the more confused and complex everything seems.
What is your interpretation of this years TEDxUCSD theme, Madness and Miracles?
The theme of Madness and Miracles signifies deterrences from the norm. Signs of madness are thoughts and actions that are not commonly accepted and can be a great ignition of change. I am really excited for the topics our speakers will choose!
Who/What inspires you?
My parents are my biggest inspirations. I put their opinion of me above anyone else’s opinion and thus I always want to prove that I can accomplish things alone.
If you could have a super power what would it be and why?
Teleportation. A lot of time is lost moving from one place to another and it would be so efficient and cost effective to be able to appear at a place exactly when you want to.
What's one thing you can't live without?
Naps. I am extremely easily distracted when I am tired and I enjoy a good 20 minute sleep.
What is one life goal that you have?
My life goal is very intangible. I want to reach a stage in my life and in my mentality where I do not feel the need to compare myself to others.
I would also like to be stable and responsible enough to have a dog.
Choose a song to describe you and explain why you chose this song.
The Macarena – because I was stuck on this question and a Buzzfeed quiz told me that this is my theme song. Their reasoning was something about making people dance when I am around. I am not mad at the result.