- 2012 BCF/BHS Class of 1951 High Hopes Scholarship recipient
- University of California, Berkeley
I see three diverging paths for me in the future, and right now I am struggling to figure out what is right for me. My interests and passions lay in all three, sparked by events that had opened my eyes to so many possibilities. After my internship with the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center in UC Berkeley last summer, I find that I am passionate about research. Then, this year, I educated myself about human rights issues in the world and read biographies of humanitarians such as CNN Hero, Narayanan Krishnan who devotes his whole life to feeding the poor in his hometown in India after seeing one eat his own feces out of hunger. There is so much suffering in the world and I want to do my part to help as many people as I can. I want to be a social worker like Mr. Krishnan and start a non-profit organization. I also have an old, but strong dream of becoming a doctor. Although lined with hardships, each of the three paths will lead to a satisfying life, one that will help the less fortunate. I can see myself as a researcher, a social worker, and a doctor. I want to be all, and help people in all those ways. However, I know that to actually go far in any, I will need to commit myself completely. At this moment, I cannot choose between the three, but I know that the road I will walk is going to be a world changing one.
“While she is extremely successful academically, her talents also extend beyond this realm. She consistently works hard in class to realize her full potential while wholeheartedly taking on numerous other responsibilities to broaden her horizons. Quan performs all of these tasks with the utmost competence and her self-directed motivated work style makes her a natural and well-respected leader. Simply put, Quan makes those around her, better.”
Teacher, Berkeley High School