Meet the PLUS Team!!!
Year in School: Sophomore
Hometown: Eugene, OR
High School: Marist Catholic High School
High School Graduation Year: 2012
Interests and Hobbies: Dancing, cheerleading, gymnastics, hanging with friends, shopping, traveling, trying new things, making new friends.
Career Plans/Academic Goals: Tuyen is unsure of what she wants to do, but would love to be an occupational therapist, work in a hospital, or possibly something in education.
Activities, clubs, academic honors, athletics: PLUS Team
Favorite places to eat in Monmouth: Koyotes
Additional Information: Tuyen was adopted from Soc Trang, Vietnam at the age of one and a half. She was a competitive gymnast for a number of years. She studied Japanese seriously for 13 years and has travelled the world. She is terrified of heights, driving over bridges, rollercoasters, snakes, and dying too soon. She has never been tardy to class (even in college) unless it was excused. She knows her multiplication table better in Japanese than English and has a small obsession with shopping. Tuyen's advice to new students: "As a new student on campus, there is a lot to take in. Being in a new place away from home, new academic setting, no curfew or parents nagging you about homework, no obligation to go to class, no mom to cook your food or do your laundry. You're all on your own and have to learn to fend for yourself and become independent. Saying goodbye to family can be the worst, that was part of the hardest transition for me, but if you find activities to take your mind off of being away from home, that can be really helpful. Bringing items from home (pictures, stuffed animals, trophies/awards, etc.) taht are important to you and remind you of home can help. Whether you have a dozen friends from high school or your town joining you in your new chapter of life or you're facing college alone, know that you aren't alone in the confusion of college. Every first year student is just as confused as you. My roommate my first year of winter term transfered to WOU nd she was so confused. Don't be afraid to ask for help finding your way around campus (ask us PLUS team leaders), your professors or RA. We're all here to help. Learn what works best for you academically and stick to that-if you find it's not working well, try something else.Use your time wisely. I was told that time management is self management. Always eat 3 meals a day, sleep at least 7 hours a night and exercise when you have time. Exercising is a great way to stay in shape and relax after a stressful day. Always balance work and play. Work smater not harder and make good choices. If a situation doesn't feel right, leave while you still can (especially if your safety is in danger). Always use the buddy system when going out and if someone drinks, always be sure there is a designated driver. Never walk alone around campus at night. Find a group of people you click with, step out of your comfort zone, take chances, enjoy college, study hard and remember to HAVE FUN! Welcome to Western Oregon University."
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