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“My dad passed away my freshman year. Instead of really taking time to grieve, which I definitely should’ve done, I went around and I partied and I tried to keep my mind off of it, and I ended up in the hospital at the end of my sophomore year. I was pretty sick, my immune system was really declining, and I remember that I had an epiphany that I would not want my dad to see me like this and I know I can do better. I know that my mom and my dad know I can do better than this. I ended up taking my dad’s passion for cooking and my mom’s passion for science, and I am going to Cal Poly for food science. People thought that I wouldn’t prosper in any certain way, and I ended up getting a really good job, and I’m the youngest person who works there. I got myself together my junior year, so I started doing really, really well. I would say that even though we have all separated into different groups in different ways through the years, we all should be centralized on the same goal of prospering and getting ourselves to the best places we can get, and turning ourselves into the best people we can be.”