President's ScholarCollege of Applied Sciences and Arts
Why did you choose your major?Health Science has supplied me with the necessary tools that I will utilize to make a difference in this world. The Health Science major is the perfect fit for the goals and aspirations I have set for my life. There is no better satisfaction in life than making others smile and my passion to help others was graciously welcomed by Health Science. I cherish the bonds I have created with the Health Science faculty, colleagues, and community friends. The Health Science major is my foundation for the future. I made a choice that mattered, and my San Jose State Health Science experience is priceless. I embody the Health Science spirit in every step I take in life.
What does receiving this particular award mean to you?Receiving the President’s Scholar award symbolizes the dedication I have put forth to my studies. I hold high academic standards and this award reinforces the commitment I have made to myself to work as hard as possible. This award is a tremendous honor that holds immeasurable value.
Who has been instrumental in your life and/or who has contributed to your academic success?The most influential people in my life are my parents and sister. It is their guidance, support, and love that have propelled me into the position I am today. My parents put me on the right path at a very young age, and they supplied me with the character traits needed to excel at San Jose State. My sister makes me laugh during the most stressful days. She is my biggest fan, and her love and support means the world to me. Before every midterm and final, I would receive a "good luck" from my parents and sister. With that said, I am the luckiest son and brother in the world to have such an amazing family team behind me.
What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?To future students, do not ever give up on your dreams. Stay committed to your passion because one's personal drive to succeed is fueled by dedication and hard work. Every journey in life has obstacles, but confidence and resiliency are the ingredients to success. Lastly, try your best to surround yourself with peers that make a difference in your life. In Fall 2010, I had a dream to create the "McKinley Olympics" at McKinley Elementary School. My dream turned into reality with help of Dr. Roe, Aldo Chazaro, McKinley Mothers, fellow peer TAs, and of course the students in HS 104. That Saturday sports extravaganza at McKinley Elementary was one of the best days of my life! I cannot stress enough the importance for future students to build collaborative relationships. The McKinley Olympics succeeded because the Health Science Dream Team had such great teamwork. On that memorable Saturday morning, the only thing brighter than the young McKinley Olympians' gold medals was the young McKinley Olympians' beaming smiles.
Where would you like to be in 5-10 years?I have aspirations of ultimately becoming an oncologist. I plan to attend an allied health school that specializes in oncology technology. After a few years of experience, I will be applying to medical school to pursue my dream of becoming an oncologist. I have grown up playing sports and I cherish my teammates on the court and in life. I want to be the #1 teammate for cancer patients and help them beat their cancer and live their life to the fullest.
A few words from his nominating professor:"Extraordinary young man, natural and gifted leader among his peers and in our community-based work at McKinley Elementary School and our department's project Salud Familiar. David dreamed up, designed, and coordinated the first ever McKinley Olympics - a day of family fun, physical activity, and sports that is now a twice-a-year tradition. Over 300 people participated in the first Olympics, which featured traditional olympic sports as well as zumba, hip hop, and water (balloon) sports. He was a Lead Peer Teaching Assistant for HS 104 in fall 2010 and an extraordinary academic leader. He also works in his community as a leader of Sikh youth activities. He coordinated the Salud Familiar Science Fair Family Workshop last year (serving 250 children and parents at McKinley) and came back this year as a volunteer. He also helped develop the first ever McKinley Talent Show which was such a huge hit we've been asked to do that again, too, this spring - and he's coming back as a volunteer for that as well. Lastly, he is co-author with me and the Salud Familiar team on three major presentations accepted for an international conference on Community University Partnerships in Canada this May. He is solid gold!"
-Dr. Kathleen Roe