Self and Family 💕

Emily Thao (she/her)
HAPA Senior | Artworks For Milwaukee Intern

Family oriented, motivated student, mathematics lover.

Hi, my name is Emily!
Welcome to my page. 😊

Feel free to check out my links below and send an email for professional inquiries.

–  Born and raised in Milwaukee
–  Grew up in the Northern side of Milwaukee
–  Currently attending Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA)
–  I am currently a 16 year old Hmong woman
–  Lived in the same house my whole life

My favorite color is red, specifically maroon and burgundy, but I also like pastel colors. Red can be vibrant and noticeable, additionally, it offers a calming aura. I feel as if red matches my personality the most.

No favorite food but I especially enjoy laab & spring rolls. Laab is a Thai/Laotian/Hmong dish that consists of beef or chicken and greens such as green onions and cilantro. Additionally, I enjoy spring rolls with cilantro, carrots, noodles, pork, etc.

17th Birthday Countdown! 🥳
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Before & After Photos 📸

I am the second youngest in my family, I have 6 older siblings and 1 younger sibling. With 7 siblings total, I have two sisters and 5 brothers. The house is not too crowded but my family and I make the best of the space when it gets tight.

Career Pathway 👨‍💻

The career path I am aiming for is a software developer/engineer, however, I strongly feel that I may go undecided when choosing a major. I definitely want to go into the technology/business route because it requires math (which is my favorite subject).

Although mathematics can be stressful, it is something I find to be very satisfying, which makes me feel content. Most, if not all, careers require some sort of math knowledge, but I personally would like to explore the concepts of math and gain a thorough education on it.

Currently I have no preference in colleges, but I would like to go to a college in the state (but still a bit far from home). I am looking at UW-Stevens Point, UW-Madison, and MATC, however, I am open to any option outside of the state.

 I feel more comfortable with home life, though I am enjoying dorm life with UB. Although dorms are expensive, I know that they offer several benefits and are sometimes required depending on the college. I would most likely commit to dorm life in my first few years of college.

  • Software engineer/developer
  • Graphic designer
  • Mathematician
  • Chief financial owner (CFO)
  • Accountant

The subject I enjoy most is mathematics, especially algebra and precalculus. Algebraic concepts are easy to grasp and fun to do mentally. On the other hand, precalculus concepts are challenging but they are satisfying to learn and work with. Math in general is very entertaining as solving problems makes me feel accomplished.

My favorite thing about my school are the students and teachers. The teachers are very kind and open to ideas that we have. They teach well and always think of the students before actual school work. Despite the cons, my school wouldn’t function without the students and teachers (obviously). The students are welcoming, making the school feel like a family.

A good teacher is someone who assigns necessary work, makes mental health a priority, and offers assistance to students during and after school. They also should teach well and display their passion in the subject they teach. My favorite teacher is my math teacher. He talks to us on an equal level and assists us when necessary. In addition, he tells us what we should and shouldn’t learn and provides us with advanced studying habits. Thanks to him, I was able to enjoy math at a quick pace.

  • Going to Washington DC

  • Homecoming 2019

Most likely not, I don’t think a school setting suits the person I am. Plus, I know my school lacks a lot of things that other schools may have (e.g. advanced classes, homework load, etc.). I feel as if I should branch out into other communities instead of staying on my own (since my school mostly consists of Hmong people). Also, I don’t think I could work with students.

Speaker Takeaways 🎤

Efueko and Kendra

6/28/2021

dōTERRA Essential Oils

Efueko and Kendra educated us on essential oils and the process of getting through college. Additionally, they gave us insight on being a “basketball wife”. Their anecdotes were informative and intriguing, educating us on life and individuality. A personal takeaway was that the direction you desire may not be the one that makes you feel truly content. Kendra’s example, which helped us understand the lesson more, was that she wanted to be a meteorologist. Despite achieving that life-long goal, she didn’t feel 100% with herself and wanted to do more in life. Not only does this inspire me to seek out what I truly want in life, but it informs me that whatever direction I start with will benefit me in some way, shape, or form.

Ryan Rogers

7/12/2021

A memorable topic of conversation that Ryan described to us was maintaining moralistic and ethical boundaries in business. He gave us a situation where he had to indirectly decline a request because he felt that it was out of his morals and ethics. More specifically, he did not want his children to be surrounded by inappropriate themes. This experience shows me that establishing boundaries prior to proceeding with business is important when maintaining mental health (especially as a business owner). In regards to Ryan’s business, I find his pathway to it interesting. Nearly a college failure, he brought himself back up and succeeded in the business area, a hard field to find success in. Additionally his passion for web and graphic design was amazing as I connect with his passions myself.

Ryan Rogers

7/12/2021

A memorable topic of conversation that Ryan described to us was maintaining moralistic and ethical boundaries in business. He gave us a situation where he had to indirectly decline a request because he felt that it was out of his morals and ethics. More specifically, he did not want his children to be surrounded by inappropriate themes. This experience shows me that establishing boundaries prior to proceeding with business is important when maintaining mental health (especially as a business owner). In regards to Ryan’s business, I find his pathway to it interesting. Nearly a college failure, he brought himself back up and succeeded in the business area, a hard field to find success in. Additionally his passion for web and graphic design was amazing as I connect with his passions myself.

Uriah Francassi

7/26/2021

Familial and religious individual, ambitious farmer

Uriah’s presentation was not only informative but also interactive. His triangle activity (a.k.a “Me, My Audience, and Shared Win” activity) was helpful with discovering myself, my identity, and what I defined as “success” in life. Although I was passionate in my goals already, he helped me (including my classmates) with understanding how everything connected. One massive take away was that when you help others, more profit comes back to you than when you only help yourself. In life, the value of making connections and building relationships can never be taken away. Thus, relationships are the foundation of life and development. There were other simple notes such as “WIIFM” meaning, what’s in it for me? Although selfish, everyone has that mindset because in some way, everything benefits us.

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uriah francassi

Random Facts 😝

Favorite activity outside..

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..barbecue with my family!

☁️ I enjoy the nice weather outside and hanging out with my loved ones.

Do I have pets?

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 I have no pets but I would like a dog!

🚀 Mars: would not live on it but definitely would visit.

Strongest motivation?

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My family and myself!

Christmas 🎄

My favorite Christmas gift would be my phone and journal. My phone is important to me because it allows me to connect to my friends and family and feel safe. The first journal I received holds lots of value because it encouraged me to get into journaling and assists me with organizing my responsibilities.

Vaccine Poster 💉

Artworks 🎨

Some of my favorite artworks!
– Ink drawing of Escanor from the anime, “Seven Deadly Sins”
– Coloring of Violet Evergarden
– Watercolor rendering of a baby cow

Currently I am interning for ArtWorks for Milwaukee’s Environmental Internship. From working on local projects to participating in clean ups, the internship has given me freedom to express my ideals and gain leadership skills.

Feel free to attend our unveiling at Green Tech Station on August 19th! You can RSVP here.