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Tifford Tran

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Home Country: USA/Vietnam
Major/Minor: Psychology
Graduation: December 2014

Why did you choose JMU?

I chose JMU because of the atmosphere and the overall acceptance of everyone here. The students here are very friendly and caring. Additionally, I came from a family that struggles overall, so when JMU offered the most financial aid, I jumped at the opportunity.

What is your favorite class?

My favorite class would have to be the Human Intimacy course in the Psych field. It taught me how to maintain a personal relationship with someone else, but at the same time taught you so much more about the good side of human nature. The professor is also very kind and welcoming, making the topic a lot more interesting, also bringing a great amount of experience and culture to the table.

Besides studying, how do you occupy your time?

When I am not busy with my work, school or my extracurricular activities, there are a variety of activities I like to be a part of. Often times I like to hang out with my friends or girlfriend on my down time. I also love to read, write and play video games. 

What clubs/activities are you involved with at JMU?

I am involved in the Chinese Student Association, taking the role as the Internal Vice President. I am also the current JMU CSA Lion dance Captain. I enjoy being an active member in other Asian organizations such as the Asian Student Union, Vietnamese and Korean Student Association. 

What do you like best about JMU?

What I love most about JMU is the overall willingness of everyone to try and learn something new. We all attempt to have an open mind which leads to greater knowledge and understanding. Additionally, a good majority are willing to make everyone’s lives a little easier by reaching out and going above and beyond the normal college student.

What advice would you give to international students who are considering studying at JMU?

Branch out and learn as much as you can. Of course try not to overload yourself, but also bear in mind not to be too close-minded. Try to go about, and make at least one person smile one day at a time, not including yourself.