In 2008, 9-year-old MiMi visited family in Vietnam with her grandmother. While there, MiMi and a cousin were involved in a motorcycle accident that sent her to the hospital. The care she received from the doctors and nurses inspired her to enter the medical field.
“I remember having a moment where I thought, ‘Wow, these people are trying so hard to help me, a person they barely know,’” said MiMi. “That resonated with me.”
MiMi didn’t lack for examples of selflessness at home, either. Her mother emigrated from Vietnam 30 years ago with MiMi’s grandmother and grandfather. Her mother was the only family member who spoke English and became the family’s sole provider, even while raising MiMi by herself. Through it all, family always came first.
“I’ll ask my mom, ‘What do you want for Mother’s Day? What do you want for your birthday?’” said MiMi. “She always says “I want you to be successful, I want you to get good grades, and to have a good life for yourself.’ It’s tough to put my gratitude for that into words.”
When it was time for MiMi to graduate from high school, she was resolved: her mother had always put MiMi’s success and happiness before her own, and it was time for MiMi to return the favor.
The Georgia Commitment Scholarship has allowed MiMi to take the pressure off her mother as she now pursues a career in medicine at UGA. She will also be better poised to afford graduate school, should that figure into her career goals.