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Kien Nguyen

November 2015
KU graduate student in Civil Engineering, focusing on transportation support structures. From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

“Because I’m not a native English speaker,” Kien says of his writing process, “I just start with whatever I think in my mind, whatever works in English. Then I try to make that correct, then I try to polish the sentence. Many times, when I meet with a native speaker to help me correct a report, I learn that what I think is not natural in English and how to write more naturally in English. For instance, the structure is different than in my language. So I want to learn as much as I can about that.” If he could give a piece of advice to 10 people, Kien says: “Find balance between working, studying, and playing.” If he could give a piece of advice to 100 people, it would be this: “Do your best. Try as hard as possible, and do whatever you dream about. You’ll never know if you’ll get there if you don’t try—so just try.” And if he could give a piece of advice to 1,000 people, he would say this: “We are living. This is very good. So love it; enjoy your life.” 

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