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“A Second Chance To Follow My Dreams”: First Generation College Graduate, Now Doctor, Reflects on CSUEB’s Positive Impact


BY ELIAS BARBOZA

Growing up in Contra Costa County during the 90s, Kyaw Lin lived happily with his family, even though he had limited resources. He was born in Burma and moved to the United States when he was six years old, not knowing how to speak English. As he matured, Lin learned firsthand about the financial struggles many Bay Area families go through. When he reached high school, he made an effort to reach out to middle and elementary school students who had gone through similar endeavors as he, and many were from at-risk environments. The more he connected with these younger students, the more he developed a fondness for education and mentoring. He had no idea those early days of advising and tutoring would eventually become his life-long passion.

Today, Lin is an interventional pain physician at Sutter Health Medical Foundation, and an assistant professor at Touro University in Vallejo. He’s combined his love of medicine and passion for teaching into his career, and credits Cal State East Bay’s Pre-Professional Health Academic Certificate Program (PHAP) for opening the doors to his success.

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