Matching Goals with the Work Needed to Achieve Them

Johnathan Woo
Posted on May 31, 2013

My parents have raised me to be a hard working student and to leave the world a better place than when I entered it. But I did not only learn from my parents’ Chinese and American cultures and life experiences.  My friends have humbled me with their insights and thoughts. The many instances that they have taught me something new remind me to never tire of listening more often than I speak.   The many teachers that I’ve studied under challenge me to reconsider my worldviews and potential as an emergent adult. One professor showed the applications of biotechnology, and another triggered my serious interest in environmental science by connecting material to current issues…

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A Strong Conviction to Pursue Higher Education

By Eric Wu
Posted on May 30, 2013

I have strong conviction and confidence in myself to pursue higher education toward pursuing a career in public policy. Coming from a working class background and with the rising cost of college tuition and expenses, like many other AAPI students, I have felt the restrains of financial barriers toward an affordable college education. From my experience with youth-led and -run programs, Adopt-An-Alleyway and Chinatown Alleyway Tours, I’ve had the opportunity of providing direct services to many residents of San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood who face many issues such as affordable housing and transit accessibility…

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Learning as a College Professor

Ali Zahir
Posted on May 29, 2013

I am determined to not only achieve my dreams but also pursue a higher education. I ultimately hope to share my newfound passion for learning as a college professor, knowing that in this position I will be able to inspire students. This desire of mine comes from the struggle of overcoming barriers I faced in high school, which took a hiatus on my academic career. During this time in my life I was not fully aware of the importance of education and decided to pursue another fond passion on mine, Muay Thai…

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Hitting the Right Notes

By Patrick Custado
Posted on May 28, 2013


Since I am a working student, it is difficult to provide for myself as well as for my education. My family and friends are very proud of me for striving for a higher education. I am currently a broadcast major with a minor in business planning to build a career in radio and inspire hundreds of thousands of people with my talent and skills…

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Graduating from College at 30

By Sharon Taporco
Posted on May 24, 2013

I am 27 years old and will graduate when I am 30. I plan to transfer to a four year college in the fall of 2013. I did not attend college after high school because I did not think how beneficial a college education would be to my future. Before enrolling at City College of San Francisco I worked for an educational company. It was there I realized in order to further my career I would need to further my education. I believe that regardless of when someone decides to go to college it is an experience that should not be passed up. I am only finishing up my third semester but I have already gained so much knowledge and experience I can put towards my future career…

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Aspirations to Gain Global Competency

By Sixto Antolin
Posted on May 23, 2013


As an economics and international development studies major, it is one of my aspirations to gain global competency and to gain a broader knowledge and understanding of the world’s economies, given the economic tribulations that is occurring in our world today. Upon completion and success of my educational endeavors, it is my fervent desire to be granted a career opportunity that will allow me to utilize my knowledge, skills, and experience to better our community and economy in a global dimension…

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The Values of Education and Knowledge

By Cheng Ong
Posted on May 22, 2013


Before my father passed away, my parents reminded me that while they did not have material wealth to provide their children, the only form of wealth they could give us was the values of education and knowledge from school. These are the same exact values and message I set to instill in my two children. Currently my goal is to receive an associate’s degree in science at City College of San Francisco, but ultimately I intend to major in nursing and receive a bachelor’s degree from a university…

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