RONALD S. CALDERON
“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."
’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. ”
’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."
LOU CORREA J.D. ’
85, M.B.A. ’85 (D-SANTA ANA)
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.”
’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."
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."