"I am a fifth year microbiology major and college certainly has been a long and unexpected journey for me! As a first generation college attendee and a transfer student, I didn't always have the resources or wisdom to help guide me in my academic career. I did, however, grow up seeing my parents work extremely hard to make a living from the ground up. I like to believe that I inherited their strong work ethic and that is why I received the Excellence in STEM Award from UC Davis. This award was given to me for my academic achievement at UC Davis as a transfer student. It was presented to me at the recent STEM Transfer Day, which was held for community college STEM students all over California. As a graduating senior, it felt amazing to receive this award when just a few years ago transferring to a university seemed like an impossible feat. "
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