Jessica Thach

Adviser Fellow - De Anza HS

B.A. Asian American Studies, Minor in Education Studies - UCLA

A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I take pride in my identity as Southeast Chinese (ethnic Chinese from Vietnam). My family were refugees from the Vietnam War and were pushed into a refugee camp in Hong Kong and was later sponsored to the United States. They settled in Sacramento, CA and eventually moved out to Oakland, CA -- the place I call home. I graduated from Oakland Senior High School in 2011.
 
WHY I AM COMMITTED TO THIS WORK
When I was in high school, I was a part of UC Berkeley's Educational Guidance Center (EGC), a program that does similar work as EAOP. My College Adviser, Emerald Young, invested a lot of time and effort to support me when I was applying for colleges and scholarships. I went to her office every day to work on my Personal Statement, college application, financial aid application, scholarship essays, all of that. When March came around, I found out that I got into UCLA which was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. Because of this experience, I realized that not only did my College Adviser empower me, I also took the initiative to empower myself. I might not have had the highest GPA, SAT score, or ACT score, but I had a purpose. And that purpose was to find my way out of the depths of the struggles that I was born into and to rise above to prove to everybody that I was capable of all odds. Fast forward 4 years, I'm a UCLA graduate and I'm working to make higher education a reality for all students. I firmly believe that you go where your community needs you the most. And that's why I'm here.
 
FUN FACT(S)
I love photography! So hit me up if you need someone to take pictures for a photoshoot or event :)
 
WORDS THAT GUIDE ME
"Give back to community that raised you up. Read Langston Hughes, I suggest 'A Raisin in the Sun'. Listen to Sam Cooke, a change gon' come. You put the work in, don't worry about the praise, my love. Don't try to change the world, find something that you love. And do it every day. Do that for the rest of your life. And eventually, the world will change."
- Macklemore (from his song, Growing Up)

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Phone: 510.642.2364
Fax: 510.643.5827

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Berkeley, CA 94720

 

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