Leaders of Lurie College | Justine

Meet Justine, recently graduated SJSU undergrad, current grad student, and one of the leaders of Lurie College!

“As the daughter of an immigrant woman, the youngest of six children, and the first to attend college, I feel immense gratitude to receive the privilege that is education. Although the road to get here has been far from easy, what I’ve found is that persistence and hard work always wins. By adopting a growth mindset, I began to grow academically, professionally, and personally in ways I never imagined. So no matter where you are in your journey, know that determination will get you far.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child Development Alumni and Teacher Education Student Justine Vuong

The Leaders of Lurie College series has been curated by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Leaders of Lurie College | Kim

Meet Kim, SJSU undergraduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!

“It took me a really long time to get into a four-year university. But I did it, I’m at SJSU and I am very grateful that I am here. I finally accomplished what I wanted for so long. So remember to never give up & to keep pushing through no matter how long it takes. Believe in yourself that you can do it & stay positive!”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Department Student Kim Tayaotao

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Leaders of Lurie College | Liz

Meet Liz, SJSU undergraduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!

“I became a first-time college student at 31. With such a large gap in my education, I feared I’d fail. Thankfully, I was wrong. My life experiences had changed my priorities, values, and motivations. Knowing the risks involved if I didn’t fully commit to my education, I became the best version of a student i’d ever been. I went from not knowing if I could hack it, to getting A’s and exceeding my own expectations. I’m proud to be a nontraditional student, because I know now just how capable I am.”

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SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department Undergraduate Student Liz Kidd

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Leaders of Lurie College | Michelle

Meet Michelle, SJSU undergraduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!

“I came from a dysfunctional home; my parents never went to college. We lived off food stamps, welfare, section 8, and school food programs. I obtained my AA degree and transferred to SJSU. Graduating in December 2019 is not something I thought I would ever be able to achieve. I hope to become an inspiration to all the future students and their families that nothing can keep you from catching a star. It may have taken me 10 years to get here but I AM HERE!”

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SJSU Lurie College of Education Child & Adolescent Development Department Undergraduate Student Michelle Del Real

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Leaders of Lurie College | Ashley

Meet Ashley, SJSU undergraduate student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!

“My journey to college was rough from the very beginning. I am the first one in my family to graduate from a university and I had to do all by myself. During my four years I faced numerous setbacks – I was involved in a sexual assault case, my mother and father both had surgery, my dad had two strokes, and I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Despite all of these setbacks I was able to maintain a positive outlook and I will be graduating in the fall.”

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SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Undergraduate Student Ashley Lamboley

The Leaders of Lurie College series has been curated by Brian Cheung Dooley.