As a young Vietnamese American, I feel it’s extremely important to be a part of the community where your heritage and roots lie. Following in my parents’ footsteps, I am highly involved in the Vietnamese American Community of Greater Dallas’ activities, events, and social gatherings. Not only does this give me the chance to speak Vietnamese, but learn and engage in our culture, history, and take part in the future.
With my move to Texas’ capital to be a Longhorn, I have become more involved in the Vietnamese American Community of Austin, Texas. Naturally, I was pleased to attend the 15th Inauguration of the new board members of the Vietnamese American Community in Austin.
The evening was filled with fantastic stories, sensation food, and of course motivating speeches from the new board members.
I know how hard it can be to be on the board, so I presented the new members with gifts on behalf of myself and the Vietnamese American Community of Greater Dallas. It’s always great to start your term off with gifts!
At the end of the night, I made sure to have my fair share of fun eating and dancing before retiring to spend time with my Dad who came into Austin just for the event!
This year more than 2000 students from the University of Texas and St. Edwards University united under one motto: Peace, Love, and Service. I am proud to be one of those students who donated 15 hours in one single day to the Dove Springs Community in Austin.
My day started at 4 in the morning when I rose before the sun did. After a meeting, all staff headed to a nearby elementary school to pick up the necessary tools for our volunteer site. I was a Team Lead for the River City Youth Foundation, where we hosted more than 300 volunteers. Volunteers at my site cleaned out the cluttered youth center, applied coats of fresh paint to the walls, created garden beds, and painted the entire exterior of the building a lively green color.
In between volunteer shifts, Mona Gonzalez, the founder of the youth center brought out one of the children who goes to the youth center so the volunteers could meet him. She really put everything in perspective by saying how having UT students volunteer at the center shows the children how much closer we are as a community and gives them hope that they can one day be a Texas Longhorn as well.
At the end of my exhausting day, looking back on the transformation of the youth center really showed me how much can be done in a single day. When a team of driven individuals come together, lives can be positively affected in a matter of hours.
Hello everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t been able to blog about my recent appearances. Things have been more on the chaotic side lately, but I will update as soon as I can.
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