A Tribute to Ordinary Achievers
Achieving the Extraordinary

Uyen Tran

Story of Success

After dedicating over a decade to a career in finance, Uyen Tran dared to embark on a journey to become a lactation consultant. Her inspiring story showcases the impact of education to create a purpose-filled career when one dares to step into a new profession.

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Kussy Mackenzie

Story of Success

After completing multiple courses at UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies to support her career in public health, Kussy Mackenzie decided to pursue a different pathway. Fueled by a vision for sustainability, watch Kussy share how the Essentials of Entrepreneurship & Innovation course helped her feel more prepared as she ventured into a new industry and role.

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Tring Zhu

Story of Success

Eager to take the next step in her career, Tring dedicated herself to completing three certificates at UC San Diego Extended Studies to expand her role from an established chemist to a dynamic role in project management.

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Lorena Quiroz

Story of Success

Lorena Quiroz has over 20 years of experience working in career services. When Quiroz realized she wanted to pivot from an administrative role to work directly with students, she pursued a certificate program that would help her transition.

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Magdalena Esparza

Story of Success

A Chilean-born student, dared to pivot from a career in biochemistry to become a full-time freelance artist and pursue her dreams.

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Teresa Seitle-Martinez

Story of Success

German student studied abroad through UC San Diego’s University and Professional Studies program and tapped into a global network she didn’t know she needed.

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Stories Worth Celebrating 

UC San Diego Extended Studies’ Dare, Dream, Do Campaign was born from the idea of celebrating the 300,000+ dreamers who are a part of the organization’s 60+ years of history. We are proud of every single one of them and what they’ve achieved. We hope you find inspiration from these stories of people who dared to dream and do. You may just be the next one we feature, with your very own success story to tell.

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