April 13, 2017

Member Feature: Asia

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Name: Asia Cruz
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Shorewood, Wisconsin
College: Carlson School of ManagementMajor: Marketing BSB
Minors: Interdisciplinatry Design
Campus Involvement: WAM Collective Events Officer 🙂

Why did you choose the U of M?
 I needed a big city to contain my wacky thoughts, and the U felt like home the minute I arrived. I remember loving the “dinky” town, the incredible specificity of some of the student groups (people-watching club anyone?), and the sheer coolness of the art/music scene. I’ll never get over the fact that native Minnesotans call soda “pop” instead though. Not cool, people.

Whats your favorite class you’ve taken at the U?
 I took a class called “Design and Food.” The name speaks for itself, and nothing pairs better with learning than a side of redesigned pizza rolls.

What does sustainability mean to you?
There is a phrase in Swedish, “lagom er best,” that roughly translates to “just enough is just right.” I think this sums it up better than anything I could try and put together in this language.

How do you practice sustainability in your daily life?

I love the idea of healthy moderation. I try to cook at home whenever possible, and I always like to think about where my food is coming from. I also recently learned that the City of Minneapolis composts! Awesome!

Where’s the best place to get coffee around here?
 Cafe Alma! My eyes first opened to the true beauty of the world after a sip of their glorious vanilla latte.

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Students studying at WAM

What do you want people to know about WAM?
 The galleries are a great place to study, relax, or even take a date!

What’s your favorite holiday?
April Fool’s Day! Fun fact: it’s also my birthday!


Asia Cruz is a senior studying Marketing and Design, and she is the Events Chair with WAM Collective. She enjoys thinking creatively to answer life’s toughest questions: what is the most efficient way to solve a problem? What are we working on that we can do even better? And how many licks does it really take to get to the center of a lollipop? She also loves weird music, peanut butter, and doodling.