Education: Bellevue College, Associate of Arts and Sciences DTA with Distinction, August 2017
SU Major: Diagnostic Ultrasound, 2019
I have been involved with two groups of friends in Vietnam engaged in charity service at least once per year. The overall goal of both charity groups is to reach out to impoverished rural regions lacking infrastructure, clean water, food, housing, and other necessities.
In March 2016, the charity funded construction of a bridge in a rural village for rural dwellers to safely reduce their travel time to the village commercial center - our biggest project thus far.
- Alfie Scholar, Seattle University
- Xavier Scholarship, Seattle University
- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
My five-year plan is to gain experience and expertise from the best sonographers in the Pacific Northwest. I would like to sharpen and enhance my skills to generate the best images for doctors to provide better diagnostic results to patients.
My long-term goal is not only to bring my expertise to my community here but to also transfer that knowledge and experience back to my home country of Vietnam where there is a shortage of experienced ultrasound sonographers.
Civility starts within our inner self. Being mindful of our surroundings is critical for practicing unselfish kindness and compassion to ourselves, our family, our circle of friends, our community, our country and our planet. I believe living with a compassionate heart will lead to peace and create civility in our world.
In our current environment, I strongly feel we now need civility more than ever. Practicing civility will create benevolence and acceptance of everyone for their morals and values. Civility will also enhance our compassion and fulfill our duty to promote humanity.
I am 36 years old, and I have two young toddlers. I was born in the beautiful city of Can Tho, Vietnam, a bustling and tranquil area on the Mekong River. I left the country with my mother and siblings at the age of seven. We fled Vietnam on a boat in search of freedom and a better life. As an immigrant family, my mother always reminded my siblings and me of the importance of maintaining our Vietnamese heritage. My family spoke Vietnamese at home, maintained Vietnamese customs, and ate Vietnamese food. From this, I have developed a love for the Vietnamese culture, so I’ve mastered a few Vietnamese dishes of my own. Growing up in Washington State, I spent most of my youth promoting my identity and culture through community and school events.
A few years ago, because of my health complications, I encountered diagnostic ultrasound during my countless visits to the doctor. Diagnostic ultrasound is the field that took me to a whole new level of understanding healthcare. I was fascinated at how the medical device technology is capable of providing physicians with the ability to accurately diagnose health issues. With that realization, I immediately knew it was my destiny to select this field as my future career.
The thought of returning to school terrified me; however, the deep love I have for my children inspired me. It gave me courage and propelled me forward to show them that in life, all obstacles can be overcome through hard work and perseverance. Also, the strong support I have from my husband, family and friends boosted my confidence in accomplishing my dream. In Spring 2016, I started taking classes at Bellevue College and will complete that program in August 2017.
My vision as a Sonographer is to advocate the benefits of diagnostic ultrasound. I plan to promote the value and importance of diagnostic ultrasound in my community through my network of friends, family, peers, and my church. I am a true believer in helping others, giving back to my community, and treating everyone fairly with respect, empathy and compassion. I am very fortunate to be part of the Alfie cohort. The program has provided me with the ability to raise my wings in pursuit of my dream.