As the child of a middle-class Malaysian and a Cambodian genocide survivor, I saw the hard work my parents went through in order to raise me and my two brothers. As an ethnically Chinese woman living in Malaysia, my mother was often discriminated upon in terms of education. My father was only a child when he was forced to migrate to Vietnam due to the Khmer Rogue reign over Cambodia. Learning from my parents’ example, I realized the values of diligence, education, and taking full advantage of opportunities at a young age. Neither of my parents were able to receive a college degree. I feel very fortunate to be a sophomore at Queens College, with a vast number of opportunities ahead of me
As a child, science was always my favorite class and my goal is to use this passion to help those in need. After earning my bachelor’s degree, I intend to take the MCAT and enroll in medical school. I enjoy working in an organized environment, where I can use concrete data to analyze and solve problems.
I’m very grateful towards America Needs You for providing me with so many opportunities as a first-generation college student. The intensive career development workshops will help me improve my communication skills, while the internships will expand my knowledge and experiences in different environments. Most importantly, I will learn through the experiences of my Mentor Coach. I am truly grateful to be a part of America Needs You.