international student spotlight

Hang Nguyen '14

Vinh, Vietnam
Business Administration Major

Why did you choose Colby-Sawyer?

As an international student, I can't deny that financial aid plays an important role in my decision. But it is not the only reason I decided to choose Colby-Sawyer College. New Hampshire is known as one of places that has the nicest people in the United States. And I knew that statement is absolutely true when I arrived. Everyone welcomed me and has helped me a lot since my very first day at Colby-Sawyer. It feels like being home in this community.

What is a typical day like on campus?

I usually wake up 45 minutes before my first morning class, get ready for breakfast at the dining hall. The dining hall has 3 main meals every day, but you can come in anytime you want. I usually have 2 or 3 classes every day, each lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes. After class, depending on whether I have a lot of homework to do, I will either go to the library to study or hang out with friends. Besides, I also participate in some extra activities and clubs at CSC.

Do you work on campus, what is your job?

I have been working on campus since my sophomore year. At first, I started with the job at the dining hall. Later, I got a new job at Colby-Sawyer College Finance (Business Office). This summer, I am staying on campus, enjoying working for Office of International Student Services, Business Office.

What do you usually do for fun on the weekends?

On weekends, besides working, I often hang out with my friends. We often go to the lodge to play table tennis or some board games until late night. Sometimes, my Vietnamese friends gather to cook Vietnamese food together.

What activities have you been involved in on campus? Any favorites?

There are a lot of clubs and organizations that students can joined. Because I don't have a lot time, I decide to participate in only two, Cross Cultural Club and SIFE. I love both.

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

During my first semester at Colby-Sawyer College, my English was so bad. People didn't understand what I was talking about, and I couldn't understand them either. At first, I was a little hesitant, but then I found the best way to improve my English was to write more, practice more and communicate more.