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"I would like to pursue a career as a human ecologist, bringing attention to conflicts facing our societies, criminology, social behavior, and environmental sustainability."
"My childhood consisted of growing up with strong educational habits, being indoctrinated in Catholic values, and feeling obligated to follow higher authorities." Hai Vo sees how his desire for independence conflicts with the culture his parents brought from Vietnam. But Hai came to appreciate his parents' many contributions to his life. "Both worked endless service-sector jobs in order to provide food and shelter. They've taken English courses, practicing the language with English speakers every day." Hai reciprocates. "I'm independently learning the Vietnamese language by reading folk tales and dialoguing with my relatives." He also enthusiastically studies Vietnam's history.
Different cultures, belief systems, and societies fascinate Hai. "With much fervor, I plan to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in social ecology, knowledge stemming from the behavioral, legal, environmental, and health sciences. It applies scientific methods to studying recurring social, behavioral, and environmental conflicts in today's world."
While attending community college, Hai engaged in student government, conservation activism, and community service. Recommendations praise his exemplary academic work and extraordinary leadership and compassion. He passionately participates in democracy at all levels. "Voting is not only an exercise, but a privilege. Reading the news and listening to National Public Radio is an everyday habit. Progressive involvement in my community college student government has opened my eyes to a transparent and representative democracy. I have great empathy towards public and social issues like environmental sustainability, voter apathy, and civic engagement."
Hai's interests encompass a love of nature, art, and humanity. He enjoys recounting his 19th birthday. "I made a personal rendezvous with the Huntington Beach Central Park, my outdoor 'home away from home.' Alongside came my camera." On this happy day, Hai photographed the beautiful scenery, the people in the park, and then a close-up of his own dry hands. "As a humanitarian and artist, I hope to continue to use my hands, body, and mind in exerting energy to serve others."
University of Cambridge
Sergio Francis Zenisek