Minhtrang Nguyen

Anticipated Graduation Year: 2014

Majors: Engineering Physics; Computer Science; Mathematics

Hometowns: Viet Nam and Honolulu, Hawaii

Whitworth activities/clubs: En Christo Club, International Club, Astronomy and SciFi Club, Whitworth Catholic Fellowship, physics lab teaching assistant

Favorite food: Noodle soup, chicken, and rice :-)

Favorite quote: "There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people that make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy."

You'd be surprised to know that… I've been a valedictorian twice. Once in elementary and once in high school.

Favorite professor: All professors are terrific. I wish that I could know all of them. I have three favorite Professors. Dr. John Larkin, my Physics teacher, who really becomes my good friend and my great mentor in Whitworth. Professor Gregg Brekke, my great English teacher, who spends so many hours helping me fix all of my terrible essays. He goes beyond what is necessary for his students. Dr. Gard, my Chemistry teacher, who always care, support, and make the class become so interesting from the first day I walked into her classroom.

Best class: My best class so far has been Differential Equations. I see math as a beautiful system where numbers, graphs, formulas, critical thinking, all combine together to solve a problem. From learning differential equations, I have realized that there are many ways to look at a problem in math as well as in real life, and they may all be right.

I like my major because… I've researched about artificial intelligence and robotics technology. I started to explore many different areas of science and technology. Having the knowledge and abilities to program and design something that can potentially benefit our community sparked my interest in the field of electrical engineering.

Why I chose to attend Whitworth: I lived in Hawaii Island for more than three years, and I really wanted to see and experience the life in some places my family calls: "mainland." Whitworth has a small community where everyone gets to know each other and treat each other as a family. I also love the kindness, friendliness, and the strong faith in God from all the students in Whitworth. There is one more reason. Because I really want to see snow; therefore, I choose to come to Washington. :-)

Advice for incoming students: College just comes once in your life time. Don't miss the opportunities to enjoy the college life and make new friends. However, you still have to keep up with your homework and exams. Always goes for A's. There is one more thing I think it might be helpful: Come to the office hour (of any classes) more often.

What I plan to do after graduation: My plan is to get a master's degree in electrical engineering. My lifelong dream is to work in the electrical system for NASA.