Minh Vu followed in his parents’ footsteps when he left Hanoi, Vietnam, to study in America, but it was his own path that led him to Waukesha. He said of all the schools to which he applied, it was only Carroll that established personal connections. Minh had met President Hastad and his wife Nancy, and several faculty and staff on various occasions before he ever left home.
Minh appreciates how open and friendly everyone is and said, “I gain something from everyone I meet. All experiences are valuable and equally important to me.”
Of course, academics rank pretty high on the list. Minh is a business finance major with a minor in global studies and regularly takes 20 credit hours per semester to fit in every class that “sounds fun.” Last semester, Minh also made time to thoroughly study for national Educational Testing Service Major Field Test for the Bachelor’s Degree in Business. His hard work paid off: he placed in the top 1 percent nationally, with a score of 189 of the possible 200 points. His classmates averaged 157.8. Ever humble, Minh said he’s always been very lucky.
Gregory Kuhlemeyer, associate professor of business, has mentored Minh throughout his four years and has encouraged him to pursue a doctorate in finance. And while Minh’s family would like him to return to Vietnam, get married and have a family, he has adjusted well to life in the U.S. and will likely pursue an advanced degree.
But first, Minh is committed to gain real-world experience in the investment arena. “I want to see what’s going on, then sit back and think about it,” he said, noting the difference between application and theory.
For now, Minh enjoys being a college student. He participates in intramural soccer and Outdoor Adventure Club, practices karate, plays rock guitar and poker, and is a member of the Finance Club. He also works as a Career Fellow, providing peer support on writing resumes and cover letters, and searching for jobs and internships.
Though Minh was the first student from Hanoi to journey to Carroll, several others have followed. He is now among 16 Vietnamese students who provide a connection to home while they each have a “tremendously life-changing experiences” abroad.