Meet Thuy, a Business Student from Vietnam

Thuy PhamName: Thuy Pham

Home Country: Vietnam

School: California State University Fullerton

Year: Class of 2013

Major: MBA, International Business

Why did you decide to study in the US?

I have never been to US and what I perceived of the freedom of an American multinational culture (lifestyle, education, entertainments…) made me curious and challenged to explore it and integrate into it.

What’s one thing that you’re really interested in besides your academic major?

Business is my academic major for undergraduate and postgraduate (at this moment). I have worked in business for few years, but others find me non-business style when they get to know me more. Perhaps, I have another world – my feelings for the beauty. It is just speechless moment if I see an inspiring artwork, hear a beautiful melody or read a meaningful quote. I can’t tell how I understand about art because I believe that everyone of us has it in our blood, so I have my own art view: I am doing business. Business is an art. Thus, I am doing art.

What three words do you think your friends would use to describe you? What three words would you use to describe you?

I did a quick survey in my Facebook to ask friends how they describe me in 3 words after VOA Student Union asked me this question. I really love one comment from my old professor in my university back in Vietnam: “the Forrest Gump feather.” Besides that, the major judgment from the rest is “weird.”

I watched the movie long time ago, but I didn’t notice the “feather” symbol in the movie. I think the point is that the feather represents fate – Sally Field says: “It blows in the wind and just touches down here or there. Was it planned or was it just perchance?” which is somewhat true for me. Like I usually describe myself: beautism, sensitivity, and difference.

What’s one thing you like better about the US than your home country so far?

You can have everything just by one-click.

What typical American thing are you most looking forward to?

I am looking forward to a road trip to travel every single state of America. Is it an impossible dream?

What’s the one thing you most want to teach Americans about your country?

“We are communist!”

What emotion have you experienced most since leaving home?

Only one word: missing.


  1. I would like to know how to apply to any college in USA because i have heard about this website through VOA after the morning news


    1. Hi Rukundo! Glad you found us. What news show were you listening to when you heard about the site?

      First of all, you should check out EducationUSA (, which is the official advising service for international students wanting to study in the US. I know a lot of the students who write for this blog used their services and found it very helpful.

      For some advice on how to get started, take a look at these two articles:
      1) First Steps: Deciding to Come to the US is the Easy Part
      2) Recap: Applying to Schools

      Also, we’ve been having a discussion on Facebook about how to research schools and decide where to apply. You can see it at this link. That might be useful for you as well.

      Hope that helps you get started! If you have any more specific questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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