Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Computer Science


Soccer, Painting, Muay Thai, The Big Bang Theory show, Gym, Volunteering, Tutoring

About Me

A new semester

January 21, 2017

Hi everyone!

It’s good to be back. I seriously experienced homesickness again when the airplane started taking off, which I haven’t felt ever since 3 years ago when I first left Vietnam. As I tossed my luggage aside and jumped onto my Loro bed, however, a sense of comfort and familiarity washed over me. I knew I also consider this place “home”. Plus, I’m really excited for this new semester! So, although my homesickness could linger for a while, I’m totally ready for school!

Let me just take a moment to appreciate how perfect my schedule this semester is. Last time, while registering for classes, I missed a few precious seconds because of some browser issues. And since classes fill up really quickly, 3 of the 5 classes I intended to take had been full already when I finally logged in. It was tragic.


Fortunately, I finally got overrides into 2 of the Computer Science classes I wanted, and the new FYS I chose turned out to be fascinating! Although I had 4 classes on Mondays - Wednesdays and only 1 on Thursday, which means exhaustion on M-W and procrastination on the others, I’m still really pleased by my schedule! I even loved doing homework ( le me last semester: say whatttt?) The intellectual rigor of CS and Math assignments is just really fun and exciting! 

Did I mention procrastination? I made a new year resolution that this semester, I would not procrastinate. Last semester, my grades were pretty good, but I still wanted to organize my time more efficiently so that I could focus on other commitments as well. One such commitment is the SAT Initiative team. We had a productive meeting last weekend, and changed our strategy to helping high school students focus on the math skills they are weak at, rather than spreading out too thin on many topics. I also joined the Bollywood Jhatkas club, which has intrigued me with its beautiful performance and fun music last fall. Unlike Maroon 5, I’ve got no moves like jagger. However, I really liked our first practice, and I’m excited to explore more. The club would have a performance in April, so I hope to improve my clumsy dance moves before then.

Joining the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), I plan to go to more hackathons (a social coding event where programmers build new products in several hours or days) as well. Before, I have been quite intimidated by hackathons, thinking that my skills would not be enough to compete there. However, upperclassmen in ACM assured that hackathons are open to all levels of experiences, and even planned to provide transportation to hackathons this semester. I’m thus excited to join the upcoming one in Washington DC, to explore and learn new skills. ACM also has several projects for students interested in CS, ranging from mobile apps to non-profit websites, which all sound really interesting.

This semester seems to be quite busy, but I’m excited to make progress and become a better, non-procrastinating version of myself! 

About me

Hi guys, I'm Tracy, a newbie Spider at Richmond! My majors are probably Computer Science and Math, and I'm so in love with my current Math/CS classes. They're all amazing! A little more about my background: I'm from Vietnam, but I went to high school in Nebraska. It feels so weird to be a freshman again, when you practically know nobody at school, keep getting lost while finding your classes, always look up to your upperclassmen (no actually, with my height of 5ft2'',  I technically look up to everyone); and struggle with all the new changes.

Yet, it's also exciting! If you haven't already known, University of Richmond offers a wealth of choices in academics, research opportunities, extracurricular activites and - most importantly - desserts. So my goal is to get out of my comfort zone, jump at different opportunities (or desserts) that intrigue me, and make the most out of my college experience. I love soccer, so my friends and I just formed an intramural team named Kiss My Pass. I'm also interested in martial arts, learning ballroom dancing, painting, learning guitar, baking, making new friends,  tutoring and volunteering. Yup, that's quite a lot! But I have 4 years here to follow my passions and become who I aspire to be. As a Spider Diarist, I will also make sure to keep you updated on my journey at Richmond!

Why UR?

I actually applied to UR on a whim without researching carefully about it. At that time, all those tedious Why X and "What's your plans bla bla bla" prompts have exhausted my meager creative juices, and writing college essays quickly rose to the top of my most dreaded chores. "Tell us about Spiders" was a fresh air. It revived the truly poetic, hopelessly romantic, exasperatingly dramatic and possibly neurotic side of me. In short, I loved the prompt; and with the waived application fee as a plus, I decided to apply to UR. It was not until I got accepted that I started visiting the school and seriously considering what it has to offer. During my first visit, as cliched as that might sound, I fell in love with Richmond. What's not to love about such helpful and outstanding professors, the wonderful opportunities to engage in research or study abroad, the vibrant, inclusive and diverse community, and again - most importantly - the irresistable desserts? I went to the admission office to pay my deposit right during that visit. And voilà, here I am as an excited baby Spider!