my own company will free me up to hire disadvantaged young people
and give them an environment where they can excel.”
Ming. As of this writing, candidate for Vice President of the
Associated Students. Future corporate head, architect, lawyer,
and black belt in karate. If his progress in karate is any indication
of how he tackles life, the rest of it will be a piece of cake.
“When I started studying karate with Darrell Goode, he really
inspired me,” says Mike. “Now I’m into it full
swing.” In a recent tournament, he was the most advanced
of the beginning white belts and well on his way to advancing
to green belt status.
plan is to be an architect and set up a corporation as a builder.
And then I want to graduate in business law so I can also be my
own lawyer.” Mike admits his goals are going to include some
grueling hours of study and work. “But life is too short
to do anything halfway,” he says. “And I don’t
want to be dependent on anybody.”
from South Central Los Angeles where all too often competitive
urges turn in on themselves with very destructive results. “That’s
the problem with our whole community,” he says with sincere
anger. “We’re usually all so busy just trying to survive
that we never direct an energy into moving forward.”
he’s planning to transfer to “Howard University in D.C.
or Berkeley. They’re both challenging schools with good architectural
programs.” He offers new students at SMC a piece of advice:
“When you come in, realize you’re an adult. And that
just means you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.”
But having said that, Mike admits to another side of himself.
“I love racing my remote control cars and collecting comics.
I guess that makes me sound like just a big kid,” he says
with a laugh.