Athena Nguyen '18 to teach English in Vietnam through Fulbright Fellowship
Athena Nguyen ’18, a political science and public health science double major with a minor in biology, will serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Vietnam. She is planning to leverage her multicultural identity and passion for social justice to enable and impact her students, colleagues, and cohort fellows.
During her time at SCU, she has worked with residents as a Community Facilitator; helped special needs children in Peru as a Jean Donovan Fellow; tutored underserved youth in a community-based after-school program in San Jose; and participated in a research program striving to address maternal and child healthcare issues in Myanmar as a Global Social Benefit Fellow. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society and Phi Beta Kappa honor society, as well as the Secretary of Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit universities.
"I am ecstatic to be an English Teaching Assistant in Vietnam. It is a privilege to affect the lives of others and learn more about the culture that my parents and other Vietnamese immigrants come from," said Nguyen. "As a Fulbright ETA, I hope to enable my students to use language not only to communicate, but also to broaden their cultural understanding.”