Focusing on Policies for Change

Ryan Ang

Singapore-born Ryan Ang has first-hand experience with the downs and ups of life. When he was a teen, his father went bankrupt. At 16, he was forced to leave school and go to work to help support his family.

Ryan served his compulsory term in Singapore's National Service. "It taught me how to work and get along with people from all walks of life."

He then moved to Canada, completed high school, and arrived at SMC with plans "to learn screenwriting," he said. "But I found my passion in serving the homeless through the church…and women's empowerment means a lot to me, too. I realized that being involved in policymaking is really important, so I changed my major to political science and philosophy."

At SMC, Ryan worked to develop his skills in public speaking, as well as listening to the concerns of others. He involved himself in student politics and government through the Associated Students, first as Commissioner for Director of Student Advocacy, then as Student Body Secretary. "I'm interested in politics, but with a focus on policy," he said. "I like the idea of working behind the scenes."

Ryan also joined SMC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the largest international honor society of two-year colleges, with a 4.0 grade point average. He started as Commissioner of Fellowship, then became Secretary, and is now Executive Vice President of the organization.

Ryan's advice to current and future students? "Stop worrying about the future," he said, "and start living."

Ryan graduated from Santa Monica College with an Associate in Arts for Transfer in Political Science.