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Lily Hong Hai Duong

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies

Hometown

San Jose

My Greatest Supporters

My family: parents, sister, brothers, and nieces.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

In classes with my cohort.

My Next Chapter

Applying to grad schools for Data Science.

Angelica Raquel Lara

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies

Hometown

Richmond, Ca

My Greatest Supporters

My children have been a driving force behind my decision to return to school and complete my degree. My husband's support drove me to believe I would be supported during my journey to degree completion. Together, we outlined our priorities and set expectations so that we all knew how we could support one another during this process because it is not just my journey but the entire family's.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite SMC memory is hands down the first day of the BALOS program. The nerves I experienced that day were calmed by the amazing people I encountered in my cohort. I did not expect to make the connections I have and I am forever grateful to the friendly folks who befriended me on day one of ULD14.

My Next Chapter

My next chapter will include a Master's program. I am currently researching programs that interest me and suit my and my family's needs. Achieving this goal has opened various opportunities for me and solidified my thoughts about pursuing higher education.

Favorite Quote

“There is nothing more beautiful than finding your course as you believe you bob aimlessly in the current. Wouldn’t you know that your path was there all along, waiting for you to knock, waiting for you to become. It does not belong to your parents, your teachers, your leaders, or your lovers. Your path is your character defining itself more and more everyday like a photograph coming into focus."
— Jodie Foster