Where in the World is Miami Wednesday: Meet an International Student from Vietnam

Megan stands in front of a Miami University sign

By Fatimata Ndiaye & Halie Best

In this week's, Where in the World is Miami Wednesday, we meet Quynh Anh (Megan) Ngo, a first-year student double majoring in Marketing and Information System & Analytics, from Hanoi, Vietnam.

She chose to attend Miami University due to its high rankings and commitment to undergraduate teaching, as well as the Farmer School of Business' rankings and First-Year Integrated Core curriculum.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Yes! My name is Quynh Anh (or you can call me Megan), and I am a first-year student double majoring in Marketing and Information Systems & Analytics. I have a passion for music, and one interesting fact about myself is that I can play the electronic drum pads!

How did you get to know about Miami University and what made you choose it?

I had been to many study abroad conferences when I was in high school and eventually found Miami University. I decided to enroll in Miami University because of the school’s excellent undergraduate teaching, especially the academic programs in Farmer School of Business. Besides that, I love Miami’s beautiful campus and the people here in Oxford.

Megan and her roommate sit outside of their residence hall

What has been your most memorable experience at Miami?

The Career and Internship Fair is probably the most memorable event I have experienced so far. I am still very much impressed by how large it was with all students dressed up in formal wear, which is not something you can usually see on campus. I also found the fair very helpful, as I could reach out to potential companies that offer internships — even for first-year students — and make new connections. Most importantly, the Career Fair gave me an opportunity to learn from other students and employers about what professional manner is like, which is useful when it comes to applying for jobs in the next few years.

What has been the biggest difference between your home country and the U.S.?

While the means of transportation in the U.S. is mostly cars, we have a lot of motorbikes and electrical bikes in Vietnam. I rarely see any traffic jams around the campus, and that is totally opposite to the traffic in my country during rush hours. Moreover, there are strict rules for pedestrians on where to cross the roads and that drivers should stop to give way, but in Vietnam it is common for people to just cross the streets regardless of the traffic lights and signs!

What has been the biggest similarity between your home country and the U.S.?

Just like how people in the U.S. celebrate their New Year, we also consider Vietnamese Lunar New Year, or so called “Tết” an important festival representing Vietnamese culture. During the holiday, we usually cook special traditional food, decorate our house, and gather with family and friends, which I think are similar to the activities that people do in the US. My favorite thing about New Year’s celebration is that both Vietnam and the U.S. have their own lucky symbols and customs that are meant to bring luck and success in the upcoming year.

Megans poses for a photo with friends

What organizations are you involved with on campus, and why?

I’m currently involved in Miami Television News (MTN) and Multicultural Business Association (MBA). I am having an Intro to Media class this semester, so I find MTN a perfect organization for me to apply what I have learned from the class into the club! And as I’m pursuing business at school, MBA helps me a lot with my preparation for future career development. The people here are so nice and helpful that I feel like I’ve got so close to them though it’s just been a few months!

What does Love & Honor mean to you?

Since my very first days at Miami, I acknowledge the code of Love & Honor is of great importance in such a way that it shapes my values and guides my beliefs as a Miamian in a liberal arts education. This motto represents the people of Miami University, and it will definitely allow me to become a global, successful individual during my college experience here, as "To think that in such a place, I led such a life."

What do you like to do for fun?

I am likely to hang out with my friends whenever I don’t have classes or homework to do. We play cards or board games in the residence hall basement and gather up for meals to talk about our days at school. However, there are times when I would like to stay in my room, have a cup of tea, and sit back for a good movie and new released tracks.

Megan and friends eat at Garden Commons

What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

I usually go to Bell Tower and Garden Commons for lunch or dinner. They are close to most of my classes, and the food there is super delicious. What makes Garden Commons my most favorite one would be the building’s beauty itself and the amazing view.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering pursuing their education at Miami University?

Miami University is the place where you are always encouraged to strive for new challenges and discoveries that will help you succeed in whatever you do. The people at Miami understand that you might face difficulties and feel lost at some point during this journey; that is why they are here to give you advice and support. Therefore, don’t be afraid or hesitate to ask for help. Moreover, you should not be discouraged or deferred by the rigorous academic environment at Miami University, because your experience here will be very valuable and rewarding in the future!

Megan poses in front of a Miami University sign


Catch us next week as we continue to travel around the world to feature the amazing opportunities that Miami students are taking and the experiences our alumni have had since graduating!

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