Yen Nguyen

Yen Nguyen left her native country of Vietnam to pursue her dream of attending school in the United States.  After a short stay in Las Vegas, where she attended the College of Southern Nevada, Yen found her way to southern California, where she now attends Grossmont College.

“I wanted to get a better education and have better opportunities,” Yen said.  “A friend introduced me to Grossmont College, and I liked it very much. I like the environment.  Grossmont College has given me a lot of opportunities and I have made a lot of friends.”

Yen is currently on track to graduate from Grossmont College in 2016.  She then plans to transfer to the University of California, San Diego, to pursue her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, with the ultimate goal of attending pharmacy school.  She currently works part-time at the International Counseling Office at Grossmont College, as well. 

Yen has worked hard to overcome the challenges of living – and attending college – in a completely new country.

“The first barrier is the language,” Yen said. “When I first came here, I didn’t speak much English. But my aunt told me just talk to the people here. They are friendly and they will talk to you. The second barrier is the culture shock. It is very different from home. But I am getting used to it and I have had a lot of support.”

While attending Grossmont College, Yen was able to obtain the college’s Financial Aid Department Continuing Student Scholarship to pay her college fees and help cover the cost of her books.   

“I feel so thankful for the financial help,” Yen said.  “Because of my experience, I want to tell everyone who wants to get a scholarship for college that as long as you study hard and apply, you’ll get the help you need.”