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"The GSB has pushed me beyond what I thought was possible. It exposed me to opportunities and enabled me to connect with people from all over the world who are as passionate as I am to change lives, change organizations, and change the world."
“The physical structures that make up the human anatomy are palpable. They can be taken in through the fingers, not just by sight.”
As chief of community engagement at the Kapor Center for Social Impact in Oakland, Calif, Cedric Brown, MA ’90, aims to make U.S. tech entrepreneurship more diverse and inclusive.
"The GSB is a place where you can not always do everything. One has to prioritize."
Looking back, Fischbach said she is grateful to have been surrounded by books and manuscripts, and by the students, scholars and colleagues who are passionate about them.
"When you’re a first-gen student, you kind of buy into that idea of the American Dream in the sense that if I do all these things, there will be no more problems—like, I will have made it and it’s a permanent thing—and I think, from my experiences so far, I’ve learned that it’s very fragile."
Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Jess Adepoju ( found video games to be a rich portal to alternative realities.
“I thought – this is what I am interested in,” she said. “I’m interested in the question of aesthetics as politics and the politics of aesthetics.”
"Although my identity is not specifically defined within first-generation and low-income, I have still found community with other FLI students. That goes to show the huge range of experiences of people who identify as FLI."
Tawanda Michael Mahere was in Thailand two years ago and there was much to celebrate: The startup he’d been working at was being acquired by Google, he had a job offer from there, and he’d just applied to Stanford GSB.

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