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March 9, 2007 10:20 AM

My Grandma is my Mentor

In my life I have had many mentors from all different backgrounds and experiences. While my academic mentors have been very helpful, I feel that my most important is my grandma. Even though she has not had a "formal education" she has taught me much about life and how to be a good person.

When I was younger I used to go with her to her work and help her at the sewing factory. After work we would go home and she would teach me alot about Cantonese language, culture, and food. Once a month we would sit and make wontons and she would tell me stories of her childhood and how she got to America. Through her stories I learned about the ethics of hard work, and what to value in life. My grandma always told me that the most important thing is to be happy and healthy and then my education and professional goals will fall into place. So far she has been right...I mean I am here at Berkeley, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, pursuing a degree in Molecular Environmental Biology, and enjoying every minute of it!

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