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Tiffany Chan
Tiffany Chan College of San Mateo, Psychology

Tiffany Chan, a member of College of San Mateo's water polo and swimming teams, is taking aim to get accepted to her dream college: UC Berkeley. Chan was accepted to UC Santa Cruz after graduating from Mills High School, but CSM water polo and swim coach Randy Wright encouraged her to enroll at CSM instead. Tiffany said that Wright convinced her it would be beneficial to play water polo and swim for CSM to increase her experience and play time in these sports, and ultimately secure a spot at Berkeley.

Although it wasn't an easy decision, Chan found Coach Wright's encouragement to be very helpful and hasn't looked back since coming to CSM. Chan states, "My professors at CSM have been great. They have taken the time and the effort to help me learn and understand things, which I'm grateful for. "Chan is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society at CSM.

One particular moment that stands out in Chan's memory is when CSM's water polo team beat Cabrillo College by one point in the conference finals during her freshman year. The victory was very meaningful because earlier in the season CSM lost to Cabrillo by one point. "At conference finals we were determined to beat Cabrillo and we did - ironically, by one point. It was one of the best moments in my life and I will never forget it, " said Chan, who served as team captain and was the leading scorer for two years as well as a two-time all-conference selection.

Chan's major is psychology and she hopes to pursue a career in child psychology. When Chan isn't busy studying for her classes, she can be found in the pool playing water polo or spending time with family and friends. "I love being in the water, playing water polo. It's my passion."

This feature first appeared in CSM's President's eNews in January 2009.