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Edika Amin

Originally Published: 4/11/2017

Edika had much experience living abroad but found a true home at LACC. He continued on to study Economics at UC Berkeley.

I’m happy to say that LACC has truly played a prominent role in shaping the direction of my life. It is a place I will always cherish and forever be thankful for.

Throughout my childhood, I was constantly moving. I lived on three continents spanning over five different countries, including France, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Croatia. Although on the surface it may seem like a privileged life, constantly moving meant that my life was completely shaken up each time. It wasn’t until I joined Los Angeles City College (and the Ralph Bunche Scholars Program in particular) that I finally got the sense that I belonged to a community.

I have a great deal of gratitude not only for the Ralph Bunche Scholars Program, but also for all the professors who accepted me with open arms and made my time in LACC perhaps one of the most enjoyable periods of my life. The Ralph Bunche Scholars Program provided a challenging curriculum that prepared me for my transition to UC Berkeley and introduced me to undergraduate research, which is a big part of who I am today as a student at UC Berkeley majoring in Economics. My experience in undergraduate research not only built a solid foundation in the study of Monetary Economics, but it also helped me acquire a full scholarship and a future job in the Central Bank of Malaysia after I graduate.