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Truc Vu

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International student pursues path to vet career at UC Clermont

For Vietnam native and aspiring veterinarian Truc Vu, having her "Bae" — an adopted Chihuahua mix — by her side has eased the transition to U.S. life. But it's UC Clermont College's small, close-knit campus that has paved the way for her smooth entry into college.

"During my first semester finals, I saw the dean pass out free food to students studying," says Vu, who will graduate this spring. "It's affordable and a gentle transition to college life. The language barrier was tough for me, so I always sit up front in class and ask for help; and my professors have been there for me."

Vu was born and raised in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam. She first came to the United States as an international student at Western Brown High School, where she completed her senior year. She then applied to 15 different colleges before visiting UC Clermont and taking a tour, where she fell in love with the Batavia campus. "It seemed cozy, and I especially loved The Learning Center [now the Academic Success Center]," Vu says, referring to the resource that provides study space, tutoring and other academic support for students. "I still study there often."

A lifelong animal lover, Vu is majoring in biological science with a minor in chemistry, in which she is a supplemental instructor who tutors other students. She has already conducted undergraduate research at UC Clermont, focusing on nanocarriers that target cancer cells, and was involved in research with UC's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program on UC's Uptown Campus last summer. Outside the classroom, Vu is also a student ambassador, giving tours and welcoming potential students to campus, and is involved in UC's Vietnamese International Student Association.

And when she transitions to the Uptown Campus next fall, Bae will be with her — along with all she's gained during her two years at UC Clermont. "I'm excited for city life, but I will miss the family feel of UC Clermont," Vu says. "The college really offers more than some people might think."

This story was originally published in spring 2018.