BackgroundInterview Date:March 2019
Gender Identity: Male
Sexual Orientation: Gay
Graduation Year: 2019
High School Experience: Private school in Vietnam with a graduating class of about 550 students. There was not a culture of going to college in the United States.
First Generation College Student: No, but I’m the first to go to college in a different country
Major: Computer Science
Minors: Sociology and Math double minor
Extracurricular Activities: I was in Chorale for four years, I have a [leadership role] in the Computer Science Student Advisory Board, and I worked as a Career Fellow.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
I love music but have never done anything too official with it before, so having Chorale, which is open to everyone, was really great because it was a good way for me to work with music a little more seriously and it was really fun. It was a great way to destress after class.
The Computer Science Student Advisory Board gave me the opportunity to work with faculty very closely. I got to understand the inner-workings of academia, like, the hiring process, what they need to do to give professors tenure, and how to construct a curriculum. We also organized a lot of events and created a lot of resources for students in the department to help them prepare for a career which helped me a lot in my own professional development. I think the department really listens to the student’s concerns and are really great.