Students: David Olsen

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David Michael Olsen was born in Riverside, Ca and lived in Hemet as a child. At the age of ten, his family moved to Woodlake, Ca to live on a functioning citrus farm. David graduated from Fresno State in 2006 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduation he moved to Pacific Grove, Ca and took a job selling mortgages for Countrywide Home Loans’ sub-prime lending division in Salinas, Ca. After the companies’ collapse in 2007, he was recruited into the field of corporate insurance where he still works today—managing his clients from his home office. In 2013, David rekindled a long standing passion for writing by taking courses through Stanford’s Continuing Studies. After three years of studying fiction and novel writing there, he applied to UCR Palm Desert where he will be pursuing his MFA starting in the fall of 2016.