Queenie Lam


Queenie is currently a senior studying Psychology at Penn. After being told by career services to reconsider applying to Ph.D. programs because her grades and resume don't make her a competitive applicant, she did it anyway. In pursuit of her goal to be a counseling psychologist, she will be attending a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in New York this upcoming fall.

L's Taken


Clubs that "weren't a good fit"

  • Oracle Senior Society
  • PEER Mentoring Program Board
  • Red Cross Club Board
  • Many more from freshman year!


Everyday L's of Life

  • Setting a goal to study during x time period, and spending the time looking at memes instead
  • Laying in bed for too long after waking up
  • Sitting on the toilet for too long because I was on my phone
  • Not sleeping enough and falling asleep in class the following day


Failures That Seemed Like the End of the World Back Then But Don't Matter in Hindsight

  • Failing two Chem 101 midterms
  • Getting a C- in a bio class despite being a bio major (at the time)
  • Career Services telling me I shouldn't be premed because my GPA isn't high enough
  • Being rejected from multiple entry level lab research positions because I didn't have enough lab experience
On the Bright Side


Things I've Learned That Will Still Matter in Ten Years

  • It's okay to enjoy spending time alone.
  • Try your best to assume the good intentions in people instead of assuming the bad intentions. It's better for your anxiety.
  • Be straightforward and tell people what you want and what you don't want. Saves time and energy.


Books I've Read For Fun

  • Crazy Rich Asian series by Kevin Kwan
  • The Defining Decade by Meg Jay (highly recommend!)
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (great read to start thinking about finances!)


Things I'm Proud of That You Won't See on a Resume

  • Won the 2018 SPEC Fling Meme Contest
  • Being ranked #9 worldwide in an MMORPG game at one point
  • Winning Miss Asian Teen Philly Pageant in 2015
  • Starting my own passion project and selling homemade soaps
  • Creating my own blog with my own domain (qqueenie.net!)


Unconventional Skills

  • Playing the Otamatone (check out some videos on youtube!)
  • Playing cat's cradle with myself
  • Knowing various kpop dances


Things I've Done That Pushed Me Out of my Comfort Zone

  • Danced in front of a large crowd
  • Acted in a cultural show (despite being known for being monotone)
  • Signed up to run a 5k and 10k despite hating running
  • Made a Tinder/Coffee Meets Bagel/Bumble
  • Took Muay Thai and martial arts classes
  • Went to EZoo 2018


Leaps of Faith

  • Dropping Pre-med as a second semester sophomore and changing my major to psychology
  • Working at a non-profit over the summer instead of doing research like Career Services suggested
  • Planning a trip to Europe without asking my parents for permission
Try, Try Again

Chinese Students' Association

  • 2015 - Applied to be freshman liaison and was rejected
  • 2016 - Elected as Secretary
  • 2017 - Elected as Cultural Chair

alpha Kappa Delta Phi (aKDPhi)

  • 2016 - Went to all Open rush AND closed rush events and didn't get a bid
  • 2017 - Rushed again and received a bid!
  • 2018 - Elected as Community Service Chair
  • 2019 - Elected as Vice President of New Member Education

PEER Mentoring Program

  • 2017 - Applied to be a mentor and was rejected
  • 2018 - Accepted as a mentor and currently in the program now :) !