I find inspiration every day in my late grandparents. Recalling their tales of growing up during harsh economic times, their hardships inspire me to fight for a country worthy of their sacrifices.
Seth was born in Turlock at Emanuel Medical Center. He attended Walter M. Brown Elementary until his parents moved the family to Modesto. There he attended Sherwood Elementary, Somerset Middle School, and Fred C. Beyer High School. In high school he played the saxophone in the marching band.
After attending college at UC Irvine, where he double-majored in psychology and political science, he moved back to Modesto and worked at a local, family-owned business. In 2011 he enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Chicago, studying constitutional politics. He obtained a Master's but grew disgruntled with academia. Refusing to commit his life to an educational system that puts thousands of Americans into lifelong debt, he left the program to find a way to serve his country.
He spent a summer in Washington, DC, interning at the State Department. There he learned that he was barred from joining the military because of his medical condition. He was accepted into the Peace Corps but subsequently rejected for the same medical reason.
Seth moved back to Modesto in late 2015. After a year of searching for a job in what Forbes called the fourth "Worst City for Finding a Job," he moved to Sacramento in early 2017. He now works as a researcher for government technology firms.