After completing his high school diploma, Duong Phuong Linh decided to interrupt his studies for a year to fulfill his dream: to study abroad. You have just received a scholarship from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) where six French presidents have been trained.
|Duong Phuong Linh when he was in Hanoi-Amsterdam high school.|
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When Duong Phuong Linh was attending Hanoi-Amsterdam High School, she submitted her application form to top US universities and was chosen. However, for financial reasons, she decided to take a gap year to prepare some paperwork for obtaining scholarships.
During his high school years, Phuong Linh received numerous awards: gold medal in the US Silicon Valley AI-JAM research competition, TOEFL 114/120; IELTS 8.0; short-term scholarships were offered by Dartmouth College University (USA), Global Citizens Initiative … during this time Linh was President and Secretary General of Modeling United Nations in Hanoi (HMUN) and organized numerous seminars on the protection of rights of migrants and immigrants.
A gap year
“I was under pressure from the people around me. + Gap year + is normal abroad, but not in Vietnam. So my parents wanted me to continue my studies at a university while I was looking for scholarships. However, I wanted to stop everything to spend more time finding a suitable scholarship“, Shares Linh.
Linh’s “gap year” was during the COVID-19 outbreak. During this time, she actively participated in social activities at the Community Support and Development Center (SCDI), a non-governmental organization specializing in helping people in difficult circumstances.
|Duong Phuong Linh when she worked as a contributor for the VTV4 television channel.|
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On Instagram, Linh helped spread information to recruit young people to support programs: “An Egg a Day”, “VND 40,000 per meal”, homelessness and distribution of electronic devices to students in need. .
“By participating in the activities of the SCDI center, I realized that charitable work is not just about giving gifts. It is necessary to understand charity in a broader and more methodical way because one-time actions cannot change a person’s life. What every charity project should aim for is helping those who are considered disadvantaged, helping them integrate into life, empowering them“, he said.
In addition to her volunteer activities, Linh has collaborated with the VTV4 television channel by writing the financial and marketing newsletter in English.
In addition, he contributed to the production of Talk Vietnam. This work allowed him to deepen certain knowledge. “Journalism is not a profession that I would have chosen, but after this experience this profession fascinated me“Says Linh.
The valuable lessons
All these experiences helped Linh to have excellent ideas that allowed her to write her thesis and it is thanks to this that she obtained a scholarship that will allow her to study at Sciences Po. “I had as a subject: choose a historical event and if you could go back to this historical event, what role and what state you would like it to appear. In my 650-word essay, I expressed my desire to become a journalist and work on April 30, 1975, the country’s historic day. From this event I have told about the many international events that have taken place“, explains.
In addition, this young woman has given other dissertations in which she shared her passion for culture, politics, economics and social issues, not forgetting her participation in the modeling of the United Nations.
What’s valuable is that this year of experience has given Linh a clearer vision for the future. “In the past, parents chose a direction for their children. However, after these experiments, I found that he didn’t have to be limited to one choice. Try different orientations and discover your potentialLinh said.
“A year of + break +, allows you to do many different activities, which you cannot do during your studies. But it is important that you clearly define your goals and plans and that you are accompanied by your parents. You should focus on developing skills, including language practice (English for example), information technology, technology, communication skills, how to communicate to create opportunities. If you do not have a precise orientation, stop studying and work part-time which will allow you to have a better vision of your future choices.“, He shares.
Vu Hiên / CVN