Keep trying, even if you’re starting small
Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), 2015
University of Wollongong, Australia
In 2011, Min was a fresh high-school graduate who was considering furthering her studies. She pored over numerous education institutions before she came across one which allowed her to attain a world-class quality education in Asia with a major that she loves. Naturally, having an interest in numbers and statistics, Min would do well in courses such as Commerce and Finance.
Min first planted herself in PSB Academy after she left Hoi An and joined the Certificate in English Proficiency (CEP) program. At PSB Academy, Min could pursue a course pathway from the Foundation Diploma to her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce with the University of Wollongong—a fast-track to graduation without any compromise in contact hours, at a Global Top 218 University (QS World University Rankings 2016/2017).
When she first arrived in Singapore, Min was introverted, shy and reserved. Being in a new and unfamiliar environment can be daunting for some, but instead of shying away from new experiences, Minh took it all in her stride with open-mindedness. Her student life really started to get interesting in 2013, when she joined the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) as a committee member. In 2014, she was chosen to be their President, and over two years she played a huge part in organising student activities like fund-raising campaigns for charity and events like ‘Rhythm of the Rainbow’ – a joint effort by several International Student Associations (ISA) bringing together different cultures through song, dance, and food. VSA’s work in Rhythm of the Rainbow won them a Flame of Passion Award in 2015 for the most outstanding collaboration event.
Becoming a Student Leader gave Min the opportunity to interact with a diverse pool of students from all over the world, and take on challenges and responsibilities that would prepare her for the working world. Along with pressing assignment deadlines obligations to the VSA, Min had to strike a balance between academic, extra-curricular and personal commitments, which taught her time management and how to perform under pressure.
Min (centre) with her friends at her graduation ceremony in 2015.
Min went on to graduate with a degree in 2015, and performed well academically thanks to supportive classmates, and personable lecturers, and her mother who played a huge part in her education journey.
Today, Min is a Reservation Agent at Four Seasons Resort (The Nam Hai) in Hoi An, Vietnam. There is still plenty to learn, and she aims to improve herself in tandem with the development of the hospitality industry. Her experience in school has helped her better communicate with international guests of different backgrounds. Her advice for others starting out on their newly chosen paths: “No matter how fast or slow you go, the most important thing is that you never stop trying. Keep trying, even if you’re starting small.”