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Vi Tran
Salem, OR
High School
: McKay High School
: Oregon State University
Year in School:
Public Health-Management and Policy with a minor in Business
Activities involved on campus: I joined a sorority in the spring of last year and it has been the greatest decision I've made yet. Through the sorority, I've made so many new friendships and have been presented with opportunities and different volunteer experiences such as the Blood Drive and being involved with raising money for St. Jude hospital. 

What/who was the biggest influence on your decision to go to college?
Definitely my family, the only other person in my family that has gone to college is my aunt and I look up to my parents because they work so hard to make sure I can get a better education to benefit me in the future. 

What is one of the best things about college?
I think the best thing about college is making new friends and gaining so many life experiences such as living on your own and being able to manage your finances. I've become much more independent and responsible and have gained a whole new appreciation for my parents. 

How has GEAR UP helped you?
Accepting the scholarship was one of the best feelings. I am very thankful that I got to be a part of this and I thank you for all of the opportunities GEAR UP has given me the past two years. 

What are your future career plans?
I hope to graduate with my degree and get into an ultrasound program at OIT or a program in Washington. 

What advice do you have for students currently in middle and high school GEAR UP programs?
I think just making sure you are working hard and having fun at the same time. Make sure to be involved in the community as well as school clubs because a lot of those clubs such as FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), National Honors Society, and going through the nursing assistant course was very beneficial for me after high school. In high school and middle school, there are so many teachers and staff who are willing to walk you through whatever you aren't interested in so make sure you take advantage of those things!