A Brief Interview with CJB Member Jonathan Ngo


Interviewer: Hi, Jonathan, to start off this interview could you please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Jonathan: Well, I’m a graduate student in statistics here at UC Davis and prior to this I was also an undergraduate student here, also majoring in statistics. I just really enjoy the subject, so I decided to stay for one extra year at UC Davis and get my master’s degree. And I also really like Davis.

I: How many years have you been on the board and what made you want to stick around?

J: This is my fourth year on the board, which is a record for board members. The reason why I stuck around for so long is because I feel like the work we do is very important and I feel like it really makes a difference. And, as I’ve said many times, it allows us to preserve the value of the UC Davis degree. 

I: Why is integrity important to you and how is it relevant to your personal life?

J: Integrity is important to me because I feel like you should be able to trust others around you, because if you can’t trust people, then what’s the point, you know? I’m going to start my career soon and I think that when you’re out there in the workplace you have to rely on other people to be honest, and you should also be honest with yourself. Integrity is important in order to work well with other people. 

I: What is your favorite part about CJB and your experience on the board?

J: My favorite part about CJB is advising students because I think often times people might not be in a good place and the process can be stressful, so it’s good that they have a peer there to support them through the process. 

I: What other things are you passionate about?

J: I really like basketball! Every morning when I wake up, I look at the basketball forums, and I tend to do that a lot during the day. I also try to watch almost every Warriors game. Yeah, that’s what I do besides school.

I: What is your favorite thing about Davis?

J: My favorite thing about Davis is the wholesomeness. For example, after a very stressful week when there’s a lot of stuff happening, on Saturday mornings I go to the farmer’s market and it’s always very lively, you see all the families and their pets, and it’s like a detox from the week. That’s what I like about Davis, the little kids running around with the little puppies. 

I: As someone who has already graduated from Davis once, what advice would you give to the current seniors, who are about to graduate this year?

J: Do not cheat! Because you don’t want to delay your graduation. Also, I think it’s a good idea to have a plan for the future. You have to ask yourself what are the steps that you need to take in order to achieve your aspirations. Everyday you should think about what you have accomplished to bring you closer to your goal, and if you didn’t accomplish anything, ask yourself what you need to do, and then do it. 

I: If you could have any superpower, which one would you want to have?

J: If I could have any superpower, I’d want to be able to learn any topic or skill instantly, because then I wouldn’t be so stressed for finals!

I: Are you more of a tea person or a coffee person?

J: I feel like it’s very discriminatory to make choices about anything because you never want to let anyone or anything down, but, if I had to choose, I would pick coffee. I usually get iced coffee at the CoHo, no milk, no sugar. 

Written by CJB student member Alisa Prokurashko, 12/18