Introducing Summer Intern: Brian!

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Brian is a summer intern at KCCEB!

At KCCEB, Brian is focusing on developing a campaign to promote Deferred Action of Childhood Arrival (DACA) awareness. As a DACA recipient himself, Brian hopes to reach out to his community to promote the community’s awareness in DACA. While Brian always wanted to help people who were going through the same experience as he did, Brian was able to find KCCEB as the right fit for him to gain experience within the community. Through the internship, Brian wishes that he could reach out to his community and benefit the community better.

Brian was born in Incheon, South Korea. After moving out of the country with his family at the age of ten, Brian first moved to Paraguay and then to Maryland. While attending high school in Maryland, Brian committed his time and passion for marching band as a drum major. Especially when the band faced an unexpected turn due to the band director’s arrest and the band could no longer continue its performance for the rest of the school year, Brian stepped up to lead and organize the band events and performances himself to ensure that his fellow band members had the full band experience. In recognition of his leadership and devotion to lead and serve his peers, Brian was rewarded Faculty Outstanding Student Award at his high school graduation. He was the first Korean to win the award in forty years.

However, after Brian’s graduation, his family had to relocate once again to Santa Clara in 2009 when Brian’s father wished to provide care for Brian’s two uncles who were suffering from chronic illness. Although leaving his life in Maryland left him feeling depressed, Brian strived to continue his education in a four-year university as a recent high school graduate. While Brian was searching for his options for college education, he soon realized that he was undocumented and that his immigration status would leave him with harsh financial constraints. Brian had to afford a high cost of out-of-state tuition fees as he did not yet qualify as a California resident while it was impossible for him to find a job that would allow him to support himself through all four years of college. Despite of the challenges, his parents encouraged him to keep pursuing his education.

In 2012, when President Obama made a speech on DACA Brian acted quickly and applied for DACA as soon as he could. Brian received working permit through DACA and he began working every day for night shifts to afford his tuition fees. He soon transferred to San Francisco State University to study International Relations. Brian is still working hard to pay for his education and to receive bachelor’s degree.

For Brian, finding options to receive higher education was the most difficult part during the time when he was out of status. However, as Brian was committed to completing his education, DACA helped him achieve his goal of financially supporting himself through college education. Later this year, Brian will be joining US military.

After finishing his undergraduate works at San Francisco State University, Brian wishes to attend a law school to eventually study international law.