My name is Trey Wang. I hail from Zhucheng, a small town located in the north of China. I’m going into my senior year at Thomas Jefferson School in St. Louis. At school, I lead the Equality Club, which has attracted the most diverse group of young activists on campus. We have always expressed our passion for spreading awareness and promoting actions on various social justice issues. However, my identity is not bounded by this. In my free time, I love spending hours in the art studio and messing with paint. Oftentimes, I felt that we as visual artists don’t have ample opportunities to showcase our work. Therefore, as the Executive Editor of “Pandora”— an on-campus art and literary magazine—I strive to make it an accessible platform for student and faculty artists and an effective means of speaking to the community creatively. I have realized that many artists, musicians, or writers don’t belong to the outgoing cohort. Because of our society’s emphasis on and pursuit of the “Extrovert Ideal,” however, many of us have been pressured to appear more extrovert. As a result, the faulty stigma—which brutally labels introverts as shy and antisocial—persists. As an advocate for introverts, I want our society to shift this attitude.
Fun/Weird fact about me: I sometimes eat ice cream with salsa.