Motivation Monday: Tin

University of Maryland, College Park | 2011
Hearing & Speech Sciences / History

Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Currently: Audiologist in Newport Beach, California
Self-described: Pragmatic, empathetic, childish
Enjoys: Playing video games, training my unruly dog, and struggling with self-improvement in all modalities
Whatever you decide to do, do it with conviction because time is limited.

Tell us about yourself!

Hi everyone! My name is Tin and I am originally from Vietnam. My parents and I moved to the U.S. when I was ten years old.

I am an only child, so when my parents were busy working long hours, I very quickly and gladly learned to entertain myself through television and video games. I attribute the majority of my English learning experience to one of my favorite television shows of all time, The Simpsons, as well as a video game that I hold very dear to my heart for its nostalgic value, Pokemon Blue Version.

I also recall reading Harry Potter for the first time, translating it page by page, and just being utterly baffled at why the dictionary did not have any explanation for Hagrid’s unconventional way of speaking. If I could read something for the first time completely fresh, I would choose the Harry Potter series.


Greatest source of inspiration in college

My parents were my greatest source of inspiration to keep pushing toward college graduation.


How did other people help you get to where you are today?

I owe all my success to my parents’ grounded guidance, as well as absolute unconditional love and support.

Coffee or tea?
Black coffee

Dog or cat?

PC or Mac?

Early bird or night owl?
Night owl -
for when inspiration strikes

Cake or pie?

Major / Minor
Hearing & Speech Sciences / History
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)

Years Attended

Grad Year


Favorite thing



Least favorite thing

Taking exams to demonstrate said learning.


Tell us about a challenge you faced. How did you overcome it?

Time management and self-control were my biggest challenges.

Growing up in a somewhat sheltered and controlled environment, I was my biggest enemy when I was handed unlimited freedom in college. To this day, I can honestly say I still struggle to manage my time efficiently and resist the urge to stay up all night just for kicks, but a little discipline for a bit every day helps tremendously.


How did you decide what to major in?

I flipped a coin.


What advice would you give to your freshman-year self?

Help is available. It may not be 100% what you’re looking for, but it will get you closer to what you want than not asking for any help.


Best advice you received?

"Never skip a class."

What's your secret for time management and productivity?

For every hour of doing things you must do, you earn half an hour of things you want to do.


How do you de-stress?

By playing video games.


Final thoughts?

It’s okay if college feels like an obligation you must go through as a result of your upbringing. College is the most streamlined and most socially accepted way to climb the ladder, but there are many ways to materialize your vision of success. Just know that whatever you decide to do, do it with conviction because time is limited.


Can students contact you directly? If so, about what?

Feel free to contact me for any college / young adult life-related purposes.

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