EOPS Inspirational - Extended Opportunity Programs and Services

Tony Bui received his bachelor's degree from UC Irvine and is now working at Ohlone College's Learning Resource Center as both an aide and a technician. Welcome home!

  • Ohlone College 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of California, Irvine 2012
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential - English, San Jose State University 2015

It has always been a pleasure being a Renegade at Ohlone College. From the time I attended the school as a bright-eyed, young man to the times I came back to visit both staff and faculty, Ohlone College has always held a special place in my heart.

I remember walking up those steps at 6:15 in the morning because I foolishly signed up for a 7:00AM English 101A class…. Five years later—after transferring with highest honors, leaving a legacy at UC Irvine, and receiving my teaching credential at San Jose State—I find myself walking up those same steps, but now, as both a colleague and a student mentor.

It brings me tremendous joy to be able to give back to the community that once supported me.

So much has changed over the years…but the sense of community, trust, and loving dedication to improving the lives of all students has never left the campus I was once so involved in.

Of course, none of this would've been possible had I not reached out and found my way to the EOPS office at Ohlone College; Debbie, Inga, Mzao, Sandy, and Shawna…each and every one of them shared their wisdom with me when I was still trying to figure my way around, and although I consider myself diligent, they taught me something better—to be efficient.

I had a fantastic counselor to bump fists with when times were good, and I had a fair but kind mentor to reach out to when things got tough. EOPS gave me the stepping stones I needed to stride further in my time at Ohlone than I could've imagined doing on my own. Being the first in my immediate family as well to receive a bachelor's degree and above…I owe so much to the EOPS office for all of the encouragement, advice, and overall support they provided me as I was still developing as both an academic and a professional.

I am happy to be back…and it feels like home.

Come visit me at the LRC in Newark if you have any questions at all about student life, work-life-school balance, the transfer student experience (especially going away from Northern California), or if you just need an open-ear to hear you out—I am happy to support any Renegade that comes my way!