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Vinh Xuan Trinh – 2017-2018 GSUVSA Secretary

I joined VSA because for the of majority of my life, I wasn’t really that knowledgeable about my culture and history. I grew up in a small county that had nearly zero Vietnamese people, or any Asian people in general. This caused me to have a stronger attachment to Vietnamese culture, and I tried to absorb all that I could at home. But that simply wasn’t enough, so heading into my college career, I decided to do some research and found out that VSA was a community I could join where students had similar philosophies as mine. It was kind of a safe haven where I could feel at home and be carefree.

My end term career goal is to eventually own a nonprofit resource center that deals with the aid of minorities. I feel like as a minority who grew up with a higher middle class income, it is my duty to help relieve others of the stress of dealing with certain things. I want the resource center to aim towards the missions of securing financial and mental stability for minorities.

My word of advice that I want people to know is, it’s never too late to rectify your past mistakes. Fixing the past isn’t always going to be tackling the problem head on. Sometimes that you have to go at it from a different perspective. Instead of fixing a wall with pure clay, why not try a wood or steel interior with a clay surface? One might feel like the past is detrimental to the future, and in a way, yes it is, but that doesn’t exactly mean it’s not possible to manipulate your future. You are still in control, and if you wholeheartedly put your mind to it, anything is possible.

This coincides with my biggest struggle, which is to keep things constant, over the past few years I’ve been trying really to get my dreams to be put in motion, and now they’re finally in motion, and it wasn’t exactly how I envisioned it. I have become really impatient…but I need to realize things take time, and I should stay constant with my day by day to let everything fall into place.

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