My best teacher is my dog, Yogi. I
adopted him in the midst of my late adolescent development. Yogi has helped
nourish my compassion, assertiveness, mindfulness, and much more. My family is
from a village in the countryside of Hue, Vietnam. We lived there until 1996,
then we moved to Denver, Colorado when I was eight years old. I grew up near
South Federal Boulevard in Denver public housing communities. I had so much fun
growing up in Denver, while acclimating to my new environment. School was
not my priority. I was more focused on fitting in and having friends.
After I graduated from South High
School, I started college at CU Denver. Within two semesters, I was placed on
academic suspension and stopped going to college. I still didn’t care about
school. I was working at a restaurant and I spent the money I made on partying
and hanging out with friends. I participated in these habits for the next few
years. Finally, I decided to go back to college. I was able to successfully
renewed my commitment to learning and growing with hard work and determination.
I received support and mentorship from my newly adopted dog, my new boss, and
my new professors.
My Bachelor’s Degree is in
Environmental Sciences. I studied this because I care and respect our
environment. We won’t be alive without the clean air, water, and land; yet many
of us mistreat our environment for money. I even had the chance to study
environmental science in Costa Rica for a summer semester in my Junior year.
After I graduated, I had a few short jobs in environmental sciences, but they
didn’t work out. I later realized that my purpose and path in life is to help
people develop through education. I am now finishing my Master’s Degree in
Education and Human Development at CU Denver. I enjoy mentoring and supporting
the development of students in our Pre-Collegiate Programs. I respect your
potential and committed to transforming your challenges to help you live a
purposeful, happy life.