Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Computer Science


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

About Me

Being an adult

May 1, 2017

If “ice cream” is the magic word that soothes me even in the most bizarre situation (add “chocolate” or “peach” before that and the magical effect would triple), then there was one word that has the opposite effects:


I admit, I am quite a mess when it comes to filling out official papers and documents. Being an international student, which means the process would be quite different and possibly trickier, certainly does not help. All the requirement forms confused me, and I was worried that any unintentional misinformation or missing files would get me into trouble with the IRS. I did not know UR offered services to help international students with tax papers on March 31st either, and missed that day (future international students, please look at spiderBytes and the flyers in THC near the end of March to avoid making such mistake). April is one of the months that I want to not be an adult, and to just leave all those dreaded tax papers for the future me to resolve.


Luckily, a super nice Vietnamese senior I know agreed to help me with the tax documents, as she had been filling those for 4 years. When I actually got started on them, they were more straightforward than I initially imagined. Those tax papers looked like a lot and could be intimidating at first, but with the help of my friend and the helpful link she gave me, I finally sorted them out. It was such a great relief! Now that I became more confident with filling out tax papers, and enjoyed DHall peach ice cream right after I mailed them in to IRS, I felt like I’m more qualified to be an adult now. 

This summer I am staying in an apartment for research with my friends (another adult-sounding thing to do), and I’m really excited for it. My project would be simulating a multi-agent system and using graphical features of the environment to find a path for a team of robots to reach the destination. In the mean time, though, I am enjoying my two-week trip at New York. I would update you later about my summer!

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!