It's weird to think that exactly one year ago I was so nervous to find out whether I would be admitted into @ucberkeleyofficial. Sometimes the pressures of this institution are so great, I wonder why I am here at all. From a system that rewards competition over collaboration to recruiting for a summer internship on up through Spring Break and beyond, unsure if the effort will amount to anything at all. Despite all of my worries, I will not lose sight of where it is that I have come from. I will not lose sight of the privilege that it is to be here. I did not let the struggle of my childhood define me before I decided to go to college, and I will not let these struggles define me today. I will be grateful. I will be persistent. I will cherish these moments while I have them. I will persevere as I have done since I was a little boy. I will continue to chart my own path, in whatever shape that takes.