It’s true what they say; friends from college can become friends for life. That’s why I always encourage young people to treasure those friends, and to keep them close, no matter how distance can tug you apart as everyone heads off to careers or other obligations after graduation. Sam, one of my recent clients, really understands how precious those relationships are. “My favorite memory of my time at Cal Poly happened this year”, he explained, “to celebrate graduation and the end of this period in our lives, some friends and I held a cocktail party and gave each other awards. This was a fun experience that showed each other how much we cared, and that we will always remain friends after graduation”. I wish every senior put that thoughtfulness to practice, and I loved the idea. Sam is not only a superbly talented young man and steadfast friend, he holds a special place in my heart because he’s the nephew of one of my best friends. Vivian, his beloved aunt, passed away four years ago, but I know she would be beaming at the kind and warm young man he’s become. It was a special honor to do this session for Sam.
Sam will bid goodbye to Cal Poly SLO this summer, and has majored in Electrical Engineering. He chose this field because of his love for math and physics, and adds, “I knew from a very young age that I wanted to become a patent attorney, so I needed to major in a technical field. Earning my degree in Electrical Engineering enables me to work on patients that deal with new technology involving circuitry or optics”. I can’t say I understand all of this complex field, but I’m so impressed with the hard work and discipline that has brought him to this point in his life. Sam was very involved at college in the PCE (Filpino Cultural Exchange) College of Engineering, the Diversity and Inclusivity committee, and working as a leader during the Week of Welcome. He is very passionate about mentoring younger student, and explains, “I feel so strongly about mentorship of students who come from underrepresented backgrounds. I have always felt lucky to come from the family that I do, and my parents made a lot of sacrifices to give me the opportunities that I have. Not all individuals have this support, so I have always viewed mentoring as a form of giving back”.
After commencement, he has his sights set on law school, and is focusing on studying for his LSAT, and filling out law school applications. It’s an exciting new step in his life, and I am eager to see what he accomplishes next. Congratulations, Sam. It’s been such a privilege to capture this moment for you!