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UMass Boston Nursing Student Seizes Opportunities to Excel

How a Vietnamese nursing major found her voice and career path at UMass Boston

AhnVietnamUniversity of Massachusetts Boston

Vietnamese international student Ahn first arrived in the US with her family after high school. After moving to the States, the UMass Boston nursing student found the strength to pursue her dreams—and face the challenges that come along with them.

“I am not a stranger to difficult situations,” said Ahn. “I have had to adapt to the challenges of a new culture and environment, all the while having to take care of my siblings as the eldest in the family.” 

Finding a Home at UMass

Being a part of the community at UMass Boston helped Ahn find strength. From coursework that challenges her and the community that supports her to the professional development skills she gained on campus, UMass Boston’s nursing program was just the place for Ahn to prepare for a career in the medical field. 

I have grown these past four years into a hardworking, outspoken woman.” – Ahn, B.S. 2015, UMass Boston

“I have grown these past four years into a hardworking, outspoken woman,” the Vietnamese study abroad student said. “Now, I consistently volunteer to take leadership roles in my classes and offer mentoring and advice to underclassmen.”

Forging a Career in Boston

Ahn experienced a wealth of career opportunities studying in Boston, a world-class leader in healthcare, education, and research. 

In addition to her nursing studies, Ahn built up her resume by receiving training certificates from the American Heart Association, including basic life support (BLS), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED). The nursing major also gained hours of clinical experience at Carney Hospital and completed over 100 hours of community service work.

“I helped out as part of the Boston Marathon Wheelchair Sweep team, an event that I will remember for the rest of my life,” she said. “I also volunteered for the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort and a field study trip to Kenya.”

With so many opportunities in and out of the classroom, Ahn has built the foundation for an amazing career in nursing — not only through her experiences in the field, but also through her journey of self-development. 

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