Student Profile: Thao Le ’11
While living in Corpus Christi, Texas, as a high school senior
in an exchange
program, Thao Le had numerous choices of liberal arts colleges
the U.S. News and World Report. After seeing Hope in the report,
the college and was immediately impressed with its general friendliness,
attribute that she did not observe as much at other colleges to
which she applied.
“I had a chance to get in contact with some faculty members and
Hope. They were so friendly and were always willing to help me
out with any
concern that I had,” she says.
Once Thao joined Hope’s family, she
noticed the campus’ friendliness even
more. “The professors are very dedicated.
Moreover, I have been having a good
time with many wonderful friends here,”
She has also appreciated that Hope’s
personable atmosphere runs campus-wide,
helping ease her transition to West Michigan.
“People are very friendly and energetic.
They sometimes say ‘Hi’ to me
even though we do not know each other,”
she says. “I was also very happy when
many of my friends were eager to know
more about me and my country. People
here just make me feel welcomed.”
In addition to her experiences with
various people at Hope, Thao is also focusing
on her accounting major and mathematics
minor with support from her professors.
“The accounting professors are friendly
and they really care about you. They know how to make the classes
have a slogan among accounting people here at Hope: ‘accounting
is fun,’” she
says. “The accounting department also has a very good internship
helps students find internships with which we can apply what we
learn in class
and also gain experience, which is really useful for future jobs.
I am so excited
and looking forward to a great internship.”
Thao is hoping to use her experiences with the department to obtain
in public accounting and become a Certified Public Accountant.
In addition to her studies in accounting and mathematics, Thao
involved at Hope in a variety of activities ranging from Phelps
and International Relations Club (IRC) to participation in the
Math Club and her
role as an Orientation Assistant. “These activities have
been helping me be more
active, improving my communication and leadership skills, which
are useful for
my intended future job,” she says. “Extracurricular
activities have helped me
enjoy my college experience to the fullest.”
This profile was written by Christopher M. Lewis, a 2009 Hope
College graduate from Troy, Mich., for the 2009-2010 Hope College
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