A Quote That You Like/Live By?
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
-Robert Frost, from the poem "The Road Not Taken"
Who I Am
I am the oldest of seven children and see myself as a trailblazer. I was born in Thailand and came to the U.S. when I was five years old. I have clips of memories from my life in Thailand, much like the trailer of a movie, but nothing more. I still remember the chaos of the over-crowded refugee camps, especially the family of mice we found underneath our mosquito net. I often think about what my life would have been like if my parents had not brought me to the U.S., and these thoughts were part of my motivation to go to college. In 2008, I graduated from CSU, Chico with a degree in English and Linguistics. Unsure of what I wanted to do with my life, but knowing that I was curious about being Hmong, I elected to go to graduate school at UC, Santa Barbara to study education. In March of 2011, I passed my thesis defense and graduated with a Master of Arts in Education. I consider it one of the most important moments of my life, a huge milestone for me, my parents, and my family. As a graduate student, my research focused on Hmong students and their struggles in education and life in America. Due to my research and my experience as a college student and a peer mentor for the Educational Opportunity Program, I knew that I wanted to help students who come from the same background as I do.
What My Interests Are
I have a lot of interests and not enough time to pursue them. Whatever free time I have is devoted to reading, writing, and watching TV/movies (unless it's winter, when I spend a lot of time crocheting). I am a huge fan of the science fiction and fantasy genre, whether it be in books, movies or on TV. Two of my favorite shows right now are Falling Skies and The Walking Dead. I never miss an episode. I have given up on Fringe for now, but plan to return to it once the series is finished. One of my lifelong goals, however, is to write stories and publish them, which was why I initially majored in English as an undergraduate. I am currently working on my second novel (the first one is a work in progress).
Why Upward Bound is Important to Me
Upward Bound is a part of my family because it has helped me and my parents raise two of my brothers. I have seen it work wonders on students and truly believe in its positive and permanent effects in the communities that it serves. What I love most about UB is its ability to widen the perspectives of students. It is a wonderful feeling to see students challenge themselves beyond their comfort zones because of something that UB has introduced them to or because of the support that UB has been able to give them. To me, UB is more than just a program; it is a family.
If you want to communicate with me, my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Edited: 12/11/2012