Student: Nhi Duong
Name: Nhi Duong
Year in School: Junior
Major: Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience
Minor: English and Multimedia Journalism
Where are you from?
What do you like to do?
I enjoy going out to eat, traveling, listening to music, reading, watching movies and TV shows, and spending time with friends and family.
My Community Service & Action Experience:
How are you involved in Community Service & Action?
I am a student leader in LUCServe
Why do you engage in the Community?
Born and raised in Chicago, I’ve had a very special relationship and love for my hometown. When I was a little girl, it was a place to have fun on the playgrounds. When I started school, it was a place for me to learn in school. Then, it became a place to explore and find new places to shop. Now, I see Chicago as a community where I can help other people and learn about them, the way they live, where they live, and also about why community service is an important aspect of my life. I’ve grown to appreciate Chicago and its many aspects that make it irreplaceable for me.
How do you envision living out the call to “Build the Greater Good” after you graduate?
To “Build the Greater Good,” I would love to continue working to improve the mental and physical health of children and adolescents from underserved and underrepresented communities from Chicago. This would be possible when I apply to medical schools and hopefully become accepted to become a medical doctor. I love Chicago so much of my work would be here but I would also love to expand my wings and make an impact nationally and internationally as well.
Being a Rambler:
How are you involved at Loyola outside of CSA?
Outside of CSA, I am also a Wellness Advocate and I am proud of that because I have learned how to become a role model and student leader in education for mental health. My ethnic background as a Vietnamese person is another important value in my life so I am the Vice President of the Vietnamese Student Association. Lastly, with my major and passion in psychology, I am the Co-President of the Association of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry.
What tips do you have for building and maintaining community in college?
Being a commuter at Loyola was difficult for many reasons but it was especially challenging to build and maintain community. I had to learn to go outside of my comfort zone and take the first step in joining organizations, forming study groups in classes, or just saying hello in the hallways. This was hard at first but I found it to be quite enjoyable because I only do things that I am passionate about and find to align with my own goals in life. For remote learning, I found that I had to learn about myself first and understand what my goals and values are in life so I could find others in the community who can relate to me to make meaningful relationships.