Class of 2020-2021
University of California–Berkeley, 2016
Why I chose ESTEEM:
I would like to pursue a path that blends business and technology, and ESTEEM is exactly that. Moreover, ESTEEM is a platform that aims to translate learning into action. With hands-on experience through the year-long capstone thesis project, I can showcase on my resume to employers that I not only have the theoretical knowledge, but also practical and professional experience to understand how to effectively use this knowledge and information. I am thrilled to be a part of a program that strives to prepare its students “with a unique combination of technical expertise and business acumen” to efficiently tackle complex challenges, to provide meaningful contributions to society, and to fix things that matter. Moreover, ESTEEM presents unique opportunities for me to learn from and engage with other students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader Notre Dame family. Through ESTEEM’s mission to cultivate a diverse culture, I will be able to exchange ideas and interact with students from diverse backgrounds, allowing me to experience different perspectives. ESTEEM also creates a safe and welcoming space for me to grow and proudly share my story. With this unique opportunity, I aim to work hard at building and maintaining my social networks while building my knowledge.
My capstone project and why I'm excited about it:
“This is America’s other drug problem—polypharmacy,” asserted Dr. Maristela Garcia, director of the inpatient geriatric unit at UCLA Medical Center. “And the problem is huge.” Polypharmacy is the simultaneous consumption of more medications than a patient actually needs, which can be a combination of prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and dietary or herbal supplements. According to the National Council on Patient Information and Education, senior patients account for 34 percent of prescribed medications in the United States. Among them, more than 40 percent regularly consume 5 or more prescription drugs, and nearly 20 percent consume more than 10 medications. This is a result of the absence of consistent online data resources and the lack of communication among different doctors and specialists about elderly patients’ prescribed medications and scheduled doses. As such, I am grateful to be able to work with my Capstone sponsor, DataLogic Software, Inc. (DataLogic), for the upcoming academic year to tackle this issue and to streamline the medication management process in order to protect patients from prescription complications or unnecessary medications. I will be working with DataLogic to research, plan, build, and deploy a cloud-based software solution that will serve as an online communication bridge between the patients with the services offered by doctors and pharmacies.
What I hope to do after ESTEEM:
ESTEEM implores its students to always ask why. And so throughout my time at ESTEEM, I constantly ask myself, “Why do I work hard late into the night—to go beyond what’s expected of me?” Because I want to succeed and to make not only my parents but also myself proud. I want to proudly come out of ESTEEM as a better and more confident human being, both personally and professionally. I want to be equipped with theoretical knowledge from rigorous courses and practical experience from my capstone project to establish my career path in Data / Business Analytics or Product Management. And as a side hustle or project, I hope to be able to continue to fix things that matter. Finally, I hope to still be able to maintain a lasting relationship with my ESTEEM family.
What I like to do when I'm not working:
Aside from my bedroom, my favorite place at home is the kitchen because I love cooking and experimenting with different ethnic cuisines, and also, being in the kitchen allows me to be flexible and creative with ingredients and seasonings. As much as I love to cook, I also love to eat. I am in my natural habitat when I am stuffing my face with KBBQ and soju. In an effort to burn off the calories, I enjoy hiking and dancing—mainly traditional Vietnamese dances, hip hop, salsa, Zumba, or fun dancing games on Just Dance. Tapping into my creative side, I teach myself calligraphy / modern lettering. I also enjoy attending PaintNite events. In fact, I have a collection of 10 paintings hung around my home. After a few glasses of wine, I feel like I could be the next Van Gogh! I love taking spontaneous adventures to explore hidden gems or different restaurants. Also, I love Costco and Target so much that I would be happy just walking around inside the stores without having to buy anything. These are the few things that make my heart sing!
I WOOF my 10-pound Pomeranian, Mochi, more than anything in the galaxy! Mochi is just PAWfect!