ACE Helps Guide Computer Science Student to Graduation

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Damien said Mickelson got him the help he needed so that he could continue working toward his degree.“He knew something was wrong,” Damien said. “At the time, I didn’t want to talk to anyone, but I’m thankful for it now.“I had no idea how much support I would get from ACE when I came to CSUSM. I thought I’d be able to come in and talk to them, but it went way deeper than that.”Said Mickelson: “It has been a joy working with Damien. He is a special young man who will go far.”Damien also credits computer science professor Rika Yoshii not only for helping in his studies, but also for providing valuable advice on landing a job in Japan. Damien, who worked in CSUSM’s Instructional & Information Technology Services department for most of his time at the University, said Yoshii recommended that he visit Boston for a job forum that includes numerous Japanese companies.By the time he returned from the forum, Damien was receiving emails from Japanese recruiting companies attracted by his skill set.As he prepares to embark on a new chapter in his life, Damien is grateful for his time at CSUSM.“There was a time when I thought I wouldn’t make it,” he said. “I’m thankful I was able to get to this point.”

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