My World

The McDonough School of Business is a national and global leader in providing graduates with essential ethical, analytical, financial and global perspectives. Please discuss your motivations for studying business at Georgetown.


My mother was born and raised in Vietnam. My father is a fifth-generation Californian whose family journeyed across Death Valley in the 19th century. My aunts are Taiwanese and Singaporean, and my cousin is Italian. With this mixed background, I grew up in the diverse Bay Area, in which I was exposed to cultures from around the world. Global perspectives are all I have ever known.

My large, hectic family has a range of opinions as diverse as our multitude of ethnicities and backgrounds. Growing up hearing spirited (but friendly) political debates at family gatherings, I developed a love of politics. As I matured, I sought out people and situations that stimulated me intellectually, exposed me to alternate viewpoints, and allowed me to express my opinions. Eventually, I realized that the political world embodies that very environment.

In high school, I found exactly the world I was seeking when I joined my school’s “We the People” team, a part of a civics education program in which students simulate congressional hearings in front of panels of judges. With the team, I visited Washington, D.C. for a week as a part of a Washington Workshops program to interview Congressmen, talk to academic speakers, and prepare for our...

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