Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Computer Science


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

About Me

Experience South Asia

April 2, 2017

Well, not a literal backyard. But last week, my friends and I got the opportunity to enjoy South Asian traditional performances, delicious food and quirky games at The Piers in THC. The South Asian Student Alliance organized this event to celebrate South Asian cultures and introduce other students to their diverse traditions. That’s the beauty of a culturally inclusive campus such as UR — we could learn about other cultural heritages from our figurative backyard. 

The night started with a splendid performance from the Bollywood Jhatkas! Shout out to my two friends, Ellie and Jenny, who were part of the dance group! 


Look at how beautiful their dresses are, with such vibrant colors and distinctive patterns! It reminded me of my ao dai — a Vietnamese traditional dress — that I had forgotten in a corner of my closet for too long. Seeing others proudly express their cultural identity somehow strengthen my pride in Vietnamese cultural heritages, and deepened my longing for home. Not so much that I would wear my ao dai and perform a traditional fan dance, since my awkward moves would just awfully misrepresent what authentic fan dance looks like. But I did feel a sudden urge to reconnect to my own culture, and share those traditions I pride myself on with my friends here at Richmond.

Whew, who knows a dress could invoke that much self-reflection! Back to the performance: I really admired the hard work they put into this! As they swiveled around in their gorgeous dresses and gracefully danced to the rhythms, I did feel like I had a sneak peak into the rich South Asian cultures. I was left wanting to more. Not to disappoint me, the next performances took me from romantic poems to authentic traveling videos, reflecting other aspects of their cultures. We also played a game that was similar to Bingo (I could not spell the name of the game), and with an expectedly bad luck that had been tried through many Bingo battles, I did not win anything. I had great fun, still. 

The food they served at the end was also awesome! The buttery chicken was spicy, flavorful and irresistible, so even though I was already full, I came back for seconds. After leaving the show, my friends and I went for a walk around the lake. What a perfect way to end a Friday night! I am excited for the next Bollywood Jhatkas performance the upcoming weekend, as well as other cultural nights on campus.


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!