Meet the Intern: Thi Nguyen
School: University of Iowa || Major: Economics & International Relations
Meet Thi, our newest Digital Media intern at the Bright Foundation! Thi is a freshman at the University of Iowa majoring in Economics and International Relations with a Writing Certificate. She is excited to get to know more about the Foundation that changed her life while utilizing her knowledge and experience to connect the Foundation with more scholars, alumni, and high school students. Hear more about her role by reading her full interview!
Why did you decide to apply for this internship?
While the Bright Scholars of Iowa scholarship has made college my reality, the celebration, information, and motivation on the Bright Foundation’s media platforms helped connect me with other scholars and remind me to work hard and give back. I felt motivated and inspired as I scrolled through all the posts and stories on the Bright Foundation’s Instagram page. Thus, when I saw the hiring post and received the email from Meredith about the job description, I immediately knew this was an opportunity I wanted to catch. As I applied for this position, I viewed it as a chance to learn more about the foundation that changed my life while utilizing my knowledge and experience to connect the foundation with more scholars, alumni, and high school students looking for ways to pursue higher education.
What is your role as an intern?
As an intern, I collaborate with the Digital Media Team to generate digital content and help with communications with scholars and alumni. Specifically, with my creativity and experience, I help design graphics and digital posts that represent the foundation’s values, celebrate our scholars’ achievements, and serve to enhance the Bright Foundation’s digital presence. I also use my knowledge and perspective as a scholar and college student to contribute to building an engaged and supportive community of scholars and alumni.
What is your favorite way to waste time?
After finishing my to-do list for the week, I love to waste my time by looking for a short writing prompt that sparks my imagination and allows me to reflect on what has happened around me. I developed this interest after a writing internship where I worked with other young writers to publish a literary magazine and realized how writing introduced me to all the beauties and meanings in my people, communities, and life. I enjoy silly prompts inspired by doodling images, prompts that remind me of my childhood days, and prompts that allow me to transfer all the vivid polaroid and videotapes in my memories into gorgeous pieces of writing.
What is a fun fact about you?
My name, Thi, can be understood as poetry in Vietnamese, and since I love writing and poetry so much, I think my parents gave me a perfect name that fits my personality.
What is something you have learned outside of class?
An important lesson I have learned is to prepare and equip myself with the experience, knowledge, and attitude necessary so that when an opportunity comes, I am capable enough to catch it. From the people I have met and the stories I have heard outside of the classroom, I understand that time flies by, and opportunities do not wait for those who cannot appreciate or utilize them. That is why I always try to keep myself busy, step out of my comfort zone to experience new things, and work hard to achieve my goals. Even if I fail to catch an opportunity, I won’t feel disappointed in myself if I try my best and put effort and dedication into everything I do.