Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Featuring Thao Nguyen, BSBA Student
In recognition of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, UNO CBA is recognizing the stories of students and faculty and paying tribute to the generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans who enrich our country.
We're proud to feature Thao Nguyen, a current undergraduate student in UNO CBA's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program. We checked in with Nguyen on her sources of motivation, where she's finding joy, and her hopes for the future.
Can you tell us about your education?
"I come from a family of three. It is just my mom, sister, and I. And most importantly, I am a first-generation immigrant. I am majoring in Business Administration and minoring in International Business. I am currently a Sophomore at UNO. Being a student in business makes me feel proud of myself - I am achieving my goal, getting a college degree, and making my mom proud. I will be the first in my family to graduate college."
Who or what inspires you?
"My mom inspires me. She always pushes me to do my best and she is the reason why I am so eager to get a diploma. She never had a chance to stay in school because she could not afford it. I sometimes forget how lucky I am to be able to work part-time and stay in school."
What advice would you give to students or community members?
"My advice is simple: LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Even though getting a degree does not always guarantee a job, it will help you pave the way for your future successes."
What do you hope to accomplish during and after the rest of your college experience?
"Right now, I would say I am content with where I am at. I would like to accomplish many things in the near future, but right now, my main focus is graduating college."
Thao welcomes opportunities for professional and academic development, or further conversations, at 402-591-1063.