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Student Spotlight: Amanda Nguyen
 
Amanda Nguyen’s studies have taken her all over the globe, from Australia to Arkansas.
Now the University of Houston advertising major is nearing the end of her college career. After the spring semester is over, she’ll have nine more hours to complete before graduating in December.

“I am hoping to get an internship with a large advertising firm, and hopefully work in its creative department,” said Nguyen, who grew up in Houston and graduated from Bellaire High School.

But advertising is not what she intended to study after graduating high school and heading off to the University of Arkansas. She had wanted to pursue a career in interior design.

After spending a couple of years in Arkansas, she signed up to study abroad in Australia for a semester.

“While I was there I realized I couldn’t see myself doing that as a career. Interior design is very narrow. You have to work in an architecture firm or interior design firm. And so I felt that advertising was the next best thing that combines art and math, the two things I like to do,” she said. “It made sense that if I was going to switch my major to come back home to Houston and start at UH and I loved it.”

Since October, she has been a student worker in Plant Operations, where she edits news releases, does graphic design work and is putting together the department’s spring newsletter. Before that, she worked as a computer lab assistant in the School of Communications.

Nguyen likes what she is doing because it allows her to use her creative side. She also finds an outlet for her creativity through her artwork.

“I like to paint. Last year, I was in the Midtown Art in the Park. That was a cool experience,” she said.

Her paintings are done with acrylic on canvas. She describes them as being abstract-type pieces.

Nguyen’s two older sisters both studied at UH. One of them has returned and is pursuing a second degree.

When Nguyen graduates, she hopes to stay in Houston to find a job.

“I realize that there is no place like home. It’s where I feel most comfortable,” she said.