Sean Tan

Sean Tan
Sean Tan


Year at Cal

When he was 11, Tan, accompanied by his parents and three brothers, came to Los Angeles from the Philippines on a tourist visa. They all overstayed.
Tan said he remembers being told that he could take any belongings that fit in a suitcase to the United States, and everything else would have to be left behind. In high school, Tan could not get a driver’s license or fill out the FAFSA, as many of his peers were doing, and said it was then that he realized the implications of overstaying his visa and found out about his legal status. Now majoring in development studies, Tan does not receive any financial help from his parents but was awarded a four-year scholarship by a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles.
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