Last Tuesday, April 10th TTU students had this rare opportunity to have a talk with the first Vietnamese-American Consul General at the American Center.
The first impression of the Consul General was in fact not one of those who seems so distanced and out of this world, but a very friendly, humble and humorous gentleman as he took a few minutes to walk around talking to his audiences, cheering and considerate. The talk started with how he got to the US as a 7-year-old boy and his first observation of the US as “The rich country who could not afford to cut down the dead trees” when he saw the tree without any leaves in the winter season. Later on, he shared with the audience his experiences and his life of being a diplomat. One particular fact that provokes the students’ interest is how an engineering-majored person switches into a diplomat who represents the US Government to travel the world and be a cultural bridge between nations, especially when he’s currently assigned to Vietnam – his motherland.
Upon sharing his life stories, The Consul General urged the audience to “Just try your best!” at whatever we might do in the future and how opportunities are opened to those who dare and do try the hardest.