03/05/2021 - What brought you from your native Illinois to Nevada?
As much as I’ll miss the Prairie State, there’s a charming beauty in the West that attracts a nature nut like myself. After spending a couple summers in Reno, I grew fond of the unique character of Nevada and its expanding opportunities, Boyd being an... read more
01/29/2021 - How has drumming shaped your outlook on life?
While I was drumming for Utah's drum corps, one instructor would always say, "Don't make the same mistake twice." I try to apply that saying to everyday life. I know I'm going to make mistakes, but if I never make the same one twice, I'll probably be a pretty good... read more
01/22/2021 - Tell our readers the meaning of your name, Ziwei, and the significance it holds for you.
Ziwei has three meanings in my language: 1) a purple flower, 2) north star, 3) symbol of royalty. I only go with the first meaning because a plant is persistent and strenuous.
You emigrated from China to the United States... read more
12/04/2020 - What do you miss the most about your native El Paso?
I miss a lot of things about El Paso —the food, culture, art, music venues, family, and friends. I could go on and on about things I miss. The places and activities in El Paso that I have in mind are far too many and far too special to be able to do them... read more
11/13/2020 - Tell our readers about your eight years in the United States Navy.
I enlisted in the US Navy in 2001, and I served from 2002 to 2010 as a nuclear reactor operator. I was stationed on the submarine USS Miami, out of Groton, Connecticut. I did two deployments on the Miami, one six-month tour to the Persian Gulf,... read more
11/09/2020 - What do you love about your work as the Communications Director for Save Red Rock?
My favorite part about working for Save Red Rock is being able to preserve a piece of our Valley that everyone enjoys. As a born and raised Nevadan, some of my best memories have been in the canyon. I hope it can be maintained for... read more
10/23/2020 - You have worked for a local law firm for about six years. How has that experience shaped your career aspirations?
Working throughout undergrad and law school has really cemented my desire to work in the legal field. I enjoy what I do, the people that I help, and everyone that I work with. All the attorneys at De... read more
10/16/2020 - As president of the Jewish Law Student Association, what are your goals for the group this year?
I would like to create a space on campus devoted to furthering Judaism and a safe space for religious observance. JLSA is open to all and is committed to spreading awareness of issues that affect Jewish law students.... read more
09/18/2020 - You have a BA and a MA in history. When did you discover your love for the subject?
I cannot remember a specific moment, but as early as I can remember, I have always loved history. When I was a kid, I loved watching history channel documentaries and playing historically themed video games. From there, learning... read more
05/15/2020 - Tell us about your teaching experience prior to law school.
After graduating from BYU, I taught fifth and sixth grade in Utah County. While there, I directed the school choir and taught several kids how to beatbox. I also enjoyed going out to recess every day to play basketball, kickball, and four square. I... read more
05/08/2020 - You were born in Brazil. Do you still have ties there?
Yes. My aunt, uncle, cousins, and their children and grandchildren are all in Brazil. I also have my daughter's godparents and many friends. The only people I have in the U.S. are my mom and my daughter Kailah, who was born here.
What are you most excited... read more
04/17/2020 - What are your memories of immigrating to the United States as a child?
I was very young at the time, so I don’t really remember much. What I do recall is how much my parents sacrificed coming to an unknown country. While we didn’t have a lot growing up, my parents always sought what was best for me and my... read more