I would consider myself as friendly, optimistic, organized and caring (to a fault.)For every group of friends there’s a label for each person. Within my group, I would be the combo of “motherly” and “planner.” Exploring new cultures is intriguing to me because there’s simply so much to find; languages, customs, and food! I spend many afternoons running, and it has always been a key aspect of all my daily routine. It unwinds me, and it’s important to me to stay fit. I love to have a fun time with loved ones, but my focus is dead straight when it comes to school. My family and friends motivate me in all that I do, but my parents are my greatest inspiration. They strive to provide the best for my family, and I can only hope to do the same for them one day. I have a lot of pride for everything Houston related and always have an abundance of school spirit. I’m set to be out at every home game to cheer on our Cougars. With that said… Go Coogs!
Campus and Community Involvement
After reaching the sorrowful conclusion that I have no hand-eye coordination, I have always been a runner. I ran for my high school’s track and cross country teams all four years, nominated as the girls’ cross country captain for my upperclassmen years. During college, I hope to continue running by joining various 5k’s that Houston has to offer. Although I’m not the best at it, I enjoy running, because it allows me to take my mind off of everything and simply focus on breathing.
During high school I was historian for the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and served as president in Class Council for two years. I was also active in Student Council all four years, serving as president my senior year. Student Council was one of my favorite extracurricular activities, because it gave me the chance to help initiate change in my community. The state and district conventions allowed me to network with so many other leaders and take home ideas to improve my school. The highlight of my high school career, however, was being a part of PALs, a program in the Cy-Fair district that allows high schoolers to mentor at-risk elementary and middle school students in our communities. I hope during my time at UH that I can be as active on campus as I was during high school. The many organizations available will allow me to enrich my college experience.
Awards and Honors
Cross Country Scholar Athlete from 2009-2011;Graduated Honors, Summa Cum Laude; AP Scholar Award; President’s Education Award; UIL Scholar Award; Academic awards for Biology I Honors, Anatomy & Physiology Honors, Government, and Spanish I & II.
The study abroad portion of the Tier One scholarship presents an invaluable opportunity. I find it important to travel because it allows one to see the copious amount of different lifestyles. It’s important to immerse myself in the rich cultures offered. I hope to travel Brazil, South Korea or any European country.
I am interested in biomedical research and any project related to my major. I think it will give me more insight as to what to expect in future years.
After obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I plan on attending medical school and earn an MD in pediatrics. My ultimate goal is to establish my own practice and one day start a foundation in my parents’ homeland, Vietnam, that provides free healthcare and medicines to orphans.