Humans of UCSF: Grateful for Gems

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We stand on the shoulders of those before us.

“This quote has made a deep impression upon me because I truly believe that who I am and where I am now comes from the goodness of those surrounding me.

For someone coming from my simple upbringing, I never would have dreamed to have the privilege nor financial measures to attend college, let alone pursue dental school and move cross-country from Atlanta to San Francisco, to find something like dentistry and public health that make me come alive, and to have forged the relationships I have.

It brings me to view life’s opportunities with open arms and be grateful for even the little I have because I don’t attribute any of my accomplishments to my own doing, but rather to the person who has been deeply shaped by God and the gems of people around me.”

Jaime Cheung

UCSF School of Dentistry, 3rd year