In the lobby of the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada (2017)

When we reflect more on our surroundings rather than ourselves, it can be hard to understand who we are or what qualities make us human. Because of this, many people believe that it is sometimes hard to write about themselves. But I believe that there is a way to make this process a lot easier. One way to write a good biography is to spend some time to self-reflect. I believe that if you can spend at least 20 minutes of self-reflection in solitude, then you have enough information to start writing your own biography. To provide an example, the information I have provided below is a result of the time spent in self-reflection.

To give an introduction to my biography, I thought a great approach would be to provide a series of questions that can act as a guide to help evaluate myself as a person. These questions will be answered based on my experiences and ideologies I have observed from my self reflection.

Who am I or who would I like to be?

There are many qualities that make up a person, and it may seem nearly impossible to identify them all because we are such complex beings.

One of the qualities that I believe is a major part of my life is being an active learner and contributor. Whether it involves academics, an extracurricular activity, or simply being with my friends and family, I try learn as much as I can from them. I believe that there are many lessons you could learn from the people around you.

Inspiration can be the drive that allows us to reach our goals and develop a better sense of individuality.

It has become a fascination for me to learn more about the world and contribute towards its diverse community. I become inspired every day from the people around me: my peers, professors, and role models. Inspiration allows to me to overcome any obstacle that I need to pass to reach my goals. Thus, I’m always motivated to learn something new. When I become inspired by something, there is this part of me that wants to use the inspired concept and turn it into practical applications. It can fuel the drive and passion I have for any subject, whether it is academic or personal. Inspiration allows me to reach my full potential and minimize the amount of effort needed to reach my goals.

What did you lessons or values did you learn from the recent year, and explain why are you now the person you are today?

Up until I went to college, I thought that perseverance was about being independent and finding joy in solitude. But 2016 proved that I was wrong.

The last year taught me that true strength and happiness comes from the people you love and care about. Solitude and confinement may seem like they are enjoyable, but they are only temporary. In the end, you feel much better being near the people that cherish you.

However, I didn’t learn this lesson until after the first few months I went to college. I still had the idea that the best form of perseverance was living in solitude, away from distractions. As a result, I ended up feeling dejected because was not able to adapt to the college transition at the time. There were days that I felt that going home was the only way to clear my mind in its depressive state.

Thankfully, I was able to find ways to cope with my homesickness. I was lucky enough to meet people who supported me and knew exactly what I was going through. Breaks came faster than expected, so I was able to go home to see my family again. I participated in activities around campus to help understand my major and develop stronger relationships.

I ended the year by going on a family trip with my mom, dad, and little brother back to Vietnam. This was reminiscent because we have not done a family trip like that for ten years. It was a great opportunity to visit my relatives, and I felt joyful for being able to experience my Vietnamese heritage with my family. It was because of this trip that I finally understand how lucky I am to have people that I’m happy to spend the rest of my life with.

I am this person today because of my family, friends, and the good people who have guided me on my journey to become a successful person. I am very thankful for the all things they have done for me, and I am glad to be a influential part of their lives.

Where are you now and where would you like to be?

I am currently working towards my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Georgia. After graduating University of Georgia around the spring of 2020, I plan to work towards a doctoral degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology to study advanced topics in biomedical engineering such as medical technology, tissue engineering, and drug delivery.

During this time, from the present to my time in graduate school, I would have participated in many research programs that will let me discover which topic would best suit my interests as a biomedical engineer. By the time I earn my doctorates degree, I plan to do research of my own or join and collaborate with a team to contribute towards a large scale project.