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Calvin Tiu

Bachelor of Arts Alumnus

I'm always waiting for an opportunity to surprise people. Having cerebral palsy, and growing up with a physical disability, I was told that I would have to work twice as hard in life. I was bullied when I was younger and found solace in writing. That passion evolved into writing poetry and later hip hop and rap. I'm by no means a "great writer" but the support and encouragement I've had at KPU have let me use my writing, music, and ultimately, passion, as a way to make a difference for others. Essays I wrote in my third year, and my accompanying rap album, have been published and I started a KPU-sponsored outreach program. I didn't plan any of it but so long as you're passionate and know what you love, things will fall into place with the support you receive here.

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