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Quick overview:
  • Hometown(s) & country(ies): Hanoi, Vietnam
  • High School/ Previous Institution: Saint-Anne’s Belfield, VA
  • Major: Computer Information Systems
  • Graduation: May 2022

To contact Minh send an email to link@jmu.edu

Why did you choose JMU?

Having went to high school in Virginia and a cousin who – at the time – was a James Madison University student, JMU was always one of my more preferable options. I had my first visit to JMU while on Thanksgiving break during my sophomore year in high school as I was visiting my cousin, but what I didn’t know was that it was just the first of many. Throughout my high school years, I visited JMU more times than I can remember and was fortunate enough to have made some of my closest friends here. I still remember sitting in Zane Showker’s lab during one of my visits, watching my cousin and her group mates work on a team programming assignment and feeling absolutely blown away by their ability cooperate and the sheer joy on their faces when they realized their hard-work was rewarded with a perfectly functioning program. As I got to know the community better and the academic possibilities that the school has to offer, I remember feeling a strong sense of belonging long before I had even applied to the university.

What do you like best about JMU?

Aside from what is obviously the best campus ever (!), what I like best about JMU is its powerful sense of community knitted together by the warmness of all its students. JMU is a giant melting pot of people coming in from all over the world, each offering a unique perspective yet all united under the school colors of purple and gold. The diversity that the community holds translates to fun and exciting events as well as a wide variety of clubs and organization. The most striking example of school spirit without a doubt has to be the sea of purple and gold covering the entire football stadium during home games. Another great example of the inclusivity is during orientation week, when you’ll get the opportunity to witness the orientation leaders welcoming new students with utmost enthusiasm and energy, making sure every single person knows that they’re welcomed with open-arms here at JMU.

What surprised you the most during your first semester?

What surprised me most about my first semester was how many exciting activities the school had to offer. To this day, I still come across new and interesting events and never once had the feeling like I’ve done all there is to do at JMU (nor do I think it will come any time soon). UREC alone was enough to keep me occupied for the majority of my first semester. Who would’ve thought there’d be multiple basketball courts, a more than well-equipped gym, table tennis tables, an entire room dedicated to rock-climbing amongst many other sports accommodations all packed under one roof. Not to mention the wide selection of outdoor activities UREC offers ranging from mountain biking, kayaking to even doing outdoor yoga after hiking mountain ranges (because why not?), you’ll never run out of things to do here!

What is your favorite class?

What surprised me most about my first semester was how many exciting activities the school had to offer. To this day, I still come across new and interesting events and never once had the feeling like I’ve done all there is to do at JMU (nor do I think it will come any time soon). UREC alone was enough to keep me occupied for the majority of my first semester. Who would’ve thought there’d be multiple basketball courts, a more than well-equipped gym, table tennis tables, an entire room dedicated to rock-climbing amongst many other sports accommodations all packed under one roof. Not to mention the wide selection of outdoor activities UREC offers ranging from mountain biking, kayaking to even doing outdoor yoga after hiking mountain ranges (because why not?), you’ll never run out of things to do here!

What do you like to do during your free time?

I like to spend most of my free time at UREC playing basketball. Even if my friends can’t make it, there are always people there ready for a game of pickup. Not only do I get to play basketball, I get the chance to get to meet new faces and talk to people who - despite all differences - shares the same passion for the game I love.

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