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Can We Afford Excellence?
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ASSEMBLYMAN RONALD S. CALDERON
’80 (D-MONTEBELLO)

“There were moments during my years as a bruin when I asked myself whether the time I was spending on homework and studying was worth the effort. But as I walked up to accept my diploma at graduation, I remember thinking, ‘if I can graduate from UCLA I can do anything.’ that was proven to me in november 2002 when I achieved my longtime goal of being elected to the california state assembly. My experiences at UCLA clearly helped in paving the way to my own future."

ASSEMBLYWOMAN JUDY CHU
’74 (D-MONTEREY PARK)
“I had no desire to be in politics. I didn’t think it was relevant for me at all. But at UCLA I took Asian-American studies classes, and I was absolutely astounded by what I learned … about institutional racism … about stereotypes … that there were political leaders out there. And I learned that it was possible for someone like me to be involved in the community. ”
 

SEN. SHEILA KUEHL
’62 (D-LOS ANGELES)

“I was the first one in my family to go to college. I could never have gone if UCLA hadn’t been as affordable as it was. When I walked on campus, I felt like I’d walked into a cathedral. I almost wanted to cry the first time I got off the bus and saw all these people in royce hall and powell library. I had never been in such a place in my life. Everything important in my life happened or started at UCLA."
ASSEMBLYMAN LOU CORREA J.D. ’
85, M.B.A. ’85 (D-SANTA ANA)
“UCLA afforded me the opportunity to continue my educational aspirations. I’ve essentially attended public institutions all of my life. There is a role for these public institutions. I believe that because of them, I have not only gained personally, but have also been able to contribute to my community.”
ASSEMBLYMAN ED CHAVEZ
’89 (D-LA PUENTE)

“I’m the youngest of seven children, the only one who had the opportunity to go to college. Getting into UCLA was like waking up one morning and learning I’d won the lottery. It has opened up an entire world for me … a door to every opportunity that I have had as an adult."

EASSEMBLYMAN KEITH S. RICHMAN M.D.
’78, M.P.H. ’83 (R-GRANADA HILLS)

“I really didn’t have any idea that I was going to end up in public service or politics, but there’s no question that [my education] provided a solid basis for me in thinking about public policy, the issues that face our state. My commitment to the university of california is one that’s based not only on a policy perspective, but also on a personal perspective. I feel that my education … was the best deal that anybody could ever get."

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