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Student Spotlight: Karena Huang

Student Spotlight: Karena Huang

Major: Computer Science

Sport: Cross Country

Year: Junior

What is your full name?

Karena Gail Huang

Are you named after someone?

I think my mom named me after a doctor she saw in a magazine before I was born because she wanted me to be one.

Does your name have a special meaning?

According to google, my name could either mean "because" or "pure" and I think both are hilarious.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small suburby town in SoCal in LA County called Temple City. Then I moved 30 minutes away right before 5th grade to another suburby town called Diamond Bar.

Who did you look up to growing up?

I looked up to my older cousins growing up. They were and still are excellent role models.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

My favorite childhood memory includes any memory of myself playing in the backyard with the family dog. She was a sweet cocker spaniel named Coco.

How long have you been competing in your sport?

I've been competing in my sport, cross country for 2 years now.

What/who got you into your sport?

My friend Laura (Laura Schultz) convinced me to go into the sport. Also my interest in running faster than I had before motivated me as well.

What is your favorite thing about your sport?

My favorite thing about cross country is the team bonding and getting to know other people from other walks of life.

What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite food/drink?

My favorite food is always ice cream. Favorite drink is apple and orange juice.

What is song do you have on repeat right now?

A song I have on repeat right now is Baby by Clean Bandit featuring a few singers I can't think of right now.

Who is your favorite celebrity and why?

Michelle Obama is my favorite celebrity right now. She is such a wonderful human being, and I think she'd be wholefully accepting of who I am and I love it.

What is something you want to do before you graduate?

Before I graduate, I'd like to secure a job for my future.

What is your favorite class this semester and why?

My favorite class this semester is my Computer Architecture class. The professor teaching the class, Ellen is so brilliant. She's always there to help students in need of it and she gets back to students in a timely matter. She's very straightforward and organized and I appreciate her so much. She is a professor who's open to feedback about everything in her class and she's very rational. It's the best. What more could you ask of a professor? The class itself is so fascinating. We learn about the architecture of computers. And it always leaves me with more questions.