Humans of UCSF

"It all started 10 years ago. I was a dental tech, but had to stop when I got into a car accident. I started making jewelry during my time on disability and I made so much I didn't know what to do with it.

"From the day I came to UCSF in 1991 I have been proud and humbled to be part of this institution and so happy to be living in the Bay Area.

I first learned about Vocal Chords, UCSF’s one and only a cappella group, through a co-worker of mine, when I was first hired in 2014 at the Blood Bank. Each of the members have our own unique professional associations with the school, but we are brought together by our love for music and for making music through vocal harmony.

"Diwali, or Festival of Lights, is the victory of goodness over all the evil that exists in the world. It symbolizes happiness, prosperity, and light.

"When I think about growing old in this country, unless you have a really tight family and/or a chosen family, growing old is not pretty.

Superman represents hope and the ability to conquer adversity against all odds. Hope plays a significant part throughout our lives. Once you choose hope, anything is possible.
Picture of nursing student, Casey Jones.
"Today I sat at the bedside of a man with advanced ALS and discussed his medical choices for prolonging or ending his life. Later I worked with an Indonesian nurse on his resume as he seeks his first job in the US.

"School has always been a privilege for me. I always think about how I want to do my best because I want it to be worth the efforts my family has put forth.

“36 years ago, my family escaped Iran in the midst of a revolution that increasingly deprived followers of their religion, the Baha’i Faith, their basic human rights.

“Most of my clients are over 40 years old and they aren’t ready to slow down… I have clients in their 70’s and 80’s… I work with them to design a fitness plan that meets their needs.