Pablo Brito, 20 years old, was born and raised in Japan but is a Venezuelan citizen. His first language is Japanese and came to California in 2014 to study English at IEC. After spending one session at IEC, Pablo passed the TOEFL and transferred to the Summer Bridge program at DVC. He then spent 2 years working on general education courses required for transfer and Biology courses for his major. He earned an Associate’s of Science degree in Biology in 2016 and he also received an Associate’s of Art in Spanish – two degrees in two years! Pablo graduated with a 3.8 GPA from DVC.
During his final year at DVC, Pablo applied to UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz. He was accepted at all four schools! While he was intending to go to UC Davis, Pablo was contacted by UC Santa Cruz and offered a scholarship to study Marine Biology. So, as of September 2016, Pablo will be a proud “slug” at UC Santa Cruz! He hopes to spend two years at UC Santa Cruz and then move onto a career working with animals and eventually earn a Master’s degree and a Doctorate. For Pablo, the sky is the limit!
Pablo has been working at IEC for the last year and 3 months. He helps out with all sorts of duties including leading activities, picking up students from the airport and processing applications. We will miss Pablo greatly but wish him the very best on his new adventures. Congratulations to Pablo!
Q: Which level of IEC class are you in?
A: Advance A
Q: Do you want to transfer to DVC?
Q: What is your dream school and what would you like to study there? A: I want to study computer science in UC Berkeley.
Q: Who was your hero/Model when you were a child?
A: My childhood role model was father and still I admire my father.
Q: Who is your buddy at IEC?
A: Tao, Boyoung, etc..
Q: What kind of food would you eat if you had to eat it for the rest of your life?
A: Actually if I have to eat one food for the rest of my life, I’m going to suicide. But if I have to choose one, I’ll select rice.
Q: Which IEC activity did you enjoy the most?
A: Free Ice Cream
Q: If you were gifted $1M today, what’s the first thing you would do?
A: I’ll donate all my money to charity.
Jerome Kim, 26 years old, is from Seoul, South Korea and came to the International Education Center after spending 4 ½ years in the Korean Army as a sergeant. He dreamt of coming to the US since middle school and finally made it in 2014 after completing his military service. Jerome was an IEC student for 3 sessions from January – June 2014. After graduating from Advanced B, IEC’s most advanced English class, Jerome did the Summer Bridge program at DVC and spent the last 2 years completing general education courses and fulfilling his major requirements, all at DVC. He chose Statistics as his major and applied to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, and UCSD this last year.
As of May 2016, Jerome was officially accepted to UC Berkeley! Berkeley was the only university that he was interested in and worked extremely hard to get in. He graduated from DVC with a 4.0 GPA and participated in many activities. He founded the Statistics and Business Club at DVC, worked at IEC as a student worker and he joined the student government at DVC as a board member. Jerome is well-deserving of his UC Berkeley acceptance. We are really proud of him and wish him the best on his journey. Congratulations!
Peggy, IEC and DVC alumni, is now a graduate from UC Berkeley as of May 2016! Congratulations Peggy! As you might remember, Peggy was a student at IEC for one session, transferred to DVC for 2 years and continued onto UC Berkeley to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies. She has already found a job in the Bay Area working with the media and hopes to continue onto a Master’s degree in a few years. Peggy is just one of many examples of students who attend IEC, move onto DVC and are accepted into top universities like UC Berkeley. Contact IEC to find out how you can do this too!