Duyanh Nguyen

By Troy Wilde

July 7, 2016

Tempe, AZ – Duyanh Nguyen is 22 and well on his way to fulfilling his dream of becoming an internal medicine specialist with a prosperous career in the United States. He also has a mission to help improve access to medical care for low income people in his home country of Vietnam.

Duyanh explains:

“It is my passion to use my knowledge and skills to serve everyone here in the U.S. and in Vietnam. I especially want to help people who are low income and disadvantaged, because I have also been through such obstacles. Also, I want to use my knowledge and accomplishments to become the bridge and connection between Vietnam and America so that I can improve the health care system of Vietnam – to help poor people over there have access to better care and services, like in America.”

Duyanh moved with his parents to the U.S. from Vietnam when he was 17 and knew some English, “I spoke a little bit of English because in school in Vietnam from the first grade to twelfth grade you have to study thirteen subjects, thirteen classes. So, English is one of the classes that you have to take, but I didn’t start taking it until I was fifteen years old.”

He adds that his friends were a big help in learning the language, “When I first came over here all of my pronunciation was pretty much wrong. I had to catch up with the way my friends talked and they helped me learn English.”

Duyanh graduated from Westview High School in Avondale and went on to earn a scholarship from College Success Arizona with support from the Arizona Diamondbacks. It provides up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses and specialized mentoring services from Success Advisers, or mentors. Duyanh says the scholarship had a huge impact on college career, “Thanks to College Success Arizona it was a life-changing decision for me. At first my major was Computer Systems Engineering, but getting the scholarship gave me the financial support and confidence to pursue my dream of being a doctor. My parents were also very helpful by supporting me throughout college.”

Duyanh adds that his Success Adviser, Barbra Scrivner, has been a good resource, “She has been extremely helpful and I was able to be helped by her in every aspect of college. I talked to her about the medical school application and about how many credits and classes that I should take. She has always been available and helpful whenever I need her.”

Duyanh says moving from high school to Arizona State University was another a big change, “The biggest challenge for me in college was learning that I could not depend on the professors to explain things and that I have to do a lot of reading and studying myself. It’s not like high school where if you didn’t study, the teacher would still explain things to the students. In high school I never had to stay up until 2 a.m., but in college 2 or 3 a.m. is normal.”

Duyanh has some advice for middle and high school students considering college, “Whatever you do with your life, please consider going to college. Imagine that you’re going to be living for at least seventy years, and then imagine that you’re going to sacrifice only four years of your life and it’s going to change your life completely. It’s going to change spiritually and in every way, so just do not settle with high school.”

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