Crown College ’14
Major: Computer Science
My family: My parents are from Eritrea near Ethiopia. They came here in the ’80s. We live in San Leandro where my father is bus driver and my mother is a caregiver. I’m the first one in my family to go to a four-year college.
Most memorable experience at UCSC: It’s being part of the ACCESS scholars learning community, which allowed me to meet professors and other students in my major. It established connections I still have.
Favorite class: It was Introduction to Data Structures. It was like boot camp and I had to learn a lot on my own and from other students. I felt accomplished after I finished it because, at first, I thought I wouldn’t be capable of passing the class.
Future ambitions: To go to graduate school and get a steady, good-paying job I enjoy. I want to make a difference as well, and would like to help others environmentally, socially or financially.
Why I will remember UCSC: The atmosphere here is very nurturing and everyone is very laid back. Here, you can be one of a kind.
I would describe UCSC as: Stimulating and practical.
I would describe myself as: Driven