More about Vivian
As a first-generation American, Vivian has learned the important practices of gratitude and hard work from her parents. They emigrated from South Vietnam in 1983, after it was taken by the communist North. They had an incredibly difficult time working under a corrupt government, so they chose to leave with nothing but the clothes on their backs. From their example, Vivian says she has learned to value every opportunity in life. She hasn’t had the advantages of many of her classmates, but she has worked as hard as possible to chase her dream of becoming an environmental scientist.
This summer she has the chance to pursue her passion on a completely new level by doing conservation fieldwork with Ecology Project International. Working in Costa Rica, she would produce her own field research and work to protect the leatherback sea turtle in its natural habitat. She’s looking forward most to the collaborative aspects of EPI: visiting local high schools, giving presentations, sharing research data, and trading perspectives with other students.