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Tram Pham

Tram Pham has always tried to make her family proud.

“I take my responsibility as the oldest child very seriously,” Pham said. “I’m the first child to go to college and a role model for my brothers.“

Pham’s road to college was not an easy one. Her family emigrated from Vietnam five years ago, and she has had to balance work with school and community service. Her hard work will be rewarded when she receives her associate degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Social and Behavioral Sciences. Pham will study psychology at UC Santa Cruz in fall.

“Through psychology, I can help individuals understand their meaning of life and solve their life problems,” said Pham. “I want to improve the lives of underserved students and help them excel in scholarship, leadership and service perspectives.”

At De Anza, Pham’s interest in counseling led her to the Peer United to Learn through Scholarly Exchange (PULSE) Peer Mentor program where she mentored First Year Experience and immigrant students. She has served as vice president of College Projects and vice president of Scholarships for the Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, coordinated workshops for Youth Voices United for Change and participated in many campus activities. Pham also taught Vietnamese to elementary school children at her Catholic Church every weekend.

“All of my leadership experience and community service helped me grow remarkably and become a better person,” Pham added. “Everything I have done has encouraged me to remain self-confident and strive for successes.”

 As she begins a new chapter, Pham encourages other students to make the most of their time at De Anza – join clubs, do community service, study hard and support one another.

“I am proud to say that De Anza College was my second home where I have found so much support,” said Pham.  “Sometimes, life is full of challenges and hardships, but all you have to do is keep going forward.”










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Last Updated: 12/19/14