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December 13, 2017

Vietnamese parents are strict when it comes to education. They have good reasons to be strict when it comes to their kids. Many parents do not want to see their kids go through what they went through as immigrants. They don’t want their kids to know what it feels like...

April 24, 2017

Coming from a Vietnamese household, my parents have always told me to never borrow money or take out loans as Vietnam is a cash society. My parents work twice as hard, double shifts, or even during weekends and holidays to make sure I don’t need to borrow money for sch...

April 21, 2017

As college acceptances slowly become available in your student portals, so are college rejection letters. Personally, this is my least favorite time of the year when I was a senior in high school because of the immense pressure my Vietnamese parents placed on my academ...

February 10, 2017

As a tour guide at my university, I currently work for the Office of Admissions. On my tours, I find that I get quite a bit of questions and realized that you may have the same questions as well. Hopefully, this video will help you debunk the mysterious “College Life”...

February 4, 2017

Failing in College...The idea of failing is dreadful for anyone.

For Vietnamese Americans, the pressure to succeed often stems from the fear of failing and the fear of disappointing one’s parents. In a typical Vietnamese household, children hear their parents and relat...

January 31, 2017

When I was in high school, I dreamt of the day I move off to college. And why not? They always say it’s the best 4 years of your life! Now that I’m more than halfway done with my college experience, I can finally tell you that that is absolutely true BUT only when you...

December 15, 2016

In my previous article, I talked about what media and pop culture don’t tell you about Greek Life.  But what is it exactly? Greek Life is a general word for fraternities and sororities. Greek letters are used for each fraternity or sorority names, each with its own uni...

December 11, 2016

“You’re in a sorority? But you don’t seem like a sorority girl…” I constantly hear this phrase throughout my time being in a sorority.

Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand where people are coming from. Greek Life tends to have a bad rep, but that’s also because...

December 7, 2016

We all know it; college costs A LOT of money!

Even with Financial Aid (which you should definitely apply for) saving a little bit more money wouldn’t hurt either. With our busy schedules, sometimes buying groceries to cook isn’t the most convenient way to go. Here are s...

November 19, 2016

Let me tell you, having a job while managing your studies at the same time is not an easy feat. Here’s my story on working while going to college at the same time.

Coming from a low-income family, I started working at a very young age (8th grade to be exact!). I also wo...

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