Bus driver turned UCLA graduate steers life in new direction

                                    (Photo credits: © Leilani Martin)

Sequoia Thompson recalls watching the sun rise day after day as she drove the Metro No. 2 bus along Sunset Boulevard from downtown Los Angeles to Westwood. When Thompson would pull into UCLA, she would park the bus and walk to Ackerman Union to get something to eat, envious of all the people she saw on their way to lectures and labs.

“It was so hard because I really wanted to go back to school,” said Thompson, whose educational career got sidetracked by working through gender identity and sexuality issues, uncertainty about studying psychology and working to support herself financially. “I thought my life choices had made it impossible. UCLA was something that I didn’t even think was possible for me.”

But after working several years in a variety of jobs, Thompson made it to UCLA. The now 33-year-old is on course to graduate June 15 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in LGBTQ studies.

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Going international

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VUA  goes international in diversity was already realized in 2007, with our ‘first contact’ with UCLA. By the way, did you know that Star Trek’s Captain Jean Luc Picard started his career during an audience at UCLA, and later became Chancellor at the University of Huddersfield UK?

Since 2008, one year later, a warm and productive collaboration was set up with staff and management of the Academic Advancement Program of UCLA (AAP). Many of them I would like to call friends at the moment: Charles, Santi, Abel, Alfred to name a few. And the new generation, for example Fatiha and the exchange students from our four years first generation student exchange program! Lees verder Going international