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Gaining Flexibility

Trung Nguyen '19

Trung Nguyen '19. Photo by Karuna Sah '19.

Trung Nguyen ’19  

Trung Nguyen ’19 (international business & management) has studied and lived in four countries, and he can sing the national anthems of each one. Below, he discusses why he loves his major, the qualities he feels are necessary to success, and what he’s learned from his parents and his internship in New York City.

Hometown:

Hanoi, Vietnam.

Major:

International business & management, with a minor in Chinese.

Clubs and organizations:  

Community Advisor, Dining Hall, Dickinson in New York (program ambassador), We Introduce Nations at Dickinson (WIND), The Dickinsonian, K-Pop club and Vietnamese Student Association.

Honors/scholarships/awards:

Alpha Lambda Delta and John Montgomery scholarship.

Favorite book:

Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Favorite movie:

Silver Linings Playbook.

Describe Dickinson in one sentence:

Dickinson provides a liberal and flexible environment for students to discover more about themselves and excel at what they love to do.

Why/how I decided on my major:  

In my opinion, business majors are the most agile and flexible people because of how business principles can be applied to all walks of life. The world is constantly changing at a rapid pace, and so agility and flexibility are the most important qualities in order to succeed.

On choosing Dickinson:    

I chose Dickinson because of the small but beautiful close-knit campus, where everybody knows everybody.

Favorite Dining Hall food:

Beef stew with rice.

Favorite class/learning experience:

Intro to Newspaper Journalism. This class has helped refine my writing and reporting skills as well as given me an insight into the unforgiving world of journalism. As someone who had little experience in theatre arts, working on the theatre workshop (both for costumes and backstage props) really was also an unforgettable experience.

Little-known hobby/talent:

I can sing the national anthem of all four countries in which I have lived/studied: Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines and the United States.

On studying abroad:

I studied abroad in New York City, and the highlight of the experience was enjoying a whole day to myself, exploring all the spiciest food that the city has to offer.

As I kid, I wanted to be …

… a lawyer.

Post-Dickinson plans:

Probably one year of work and graduate school afterwards

Proudest accomplishment: 

Helping people.

Biggest influences:

My parents. I learned how to never give up no matter the circumstances from my mom and to always be open-minded to new things from my dad.

About my internship:

As part of the study abroad program in New York, I interned for the DvF logistics team. Working for such a big corporation is a challenging but rewarding experience. As a careful and meticulous worker, I took a bit more time to carry out the tasks, but I learned that New York is an extremely competitive, fast-paced and unforgiving city, so my slow and steady method will not always flourish here. I realized that I have to be flexible and adapt my ways of working in order to do well.

If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be …   

... Nick Vujicic.

Most important thing I’ve learned so far:  

To always try your utmost best because, even if you fail, you will not have any regrets.

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Published March 7, 2019