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Howdy! My name is Chau, and I am a biomedical sciences major with high hopes of pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy as the next step in my education. This is my second year as an ambassador, and I am excited to get to share my love for this college from the perspective of an undergraduate.

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Chau and her family

If I were given an opportunity to stand up and speak in front of a crowd, I would speak on behalf of my parents. I would speak about their dreams for our family and their humbling personalities that have made me the person I am today. I am an Aggie, but one with a unique start. When asking high school senior Chau for her reasoning to attend Texas A&M University, she would say, “Because TAMU has friendly campus.” This is true, but it has turned into so much more. The Aggie Core Values are what I embody and love to share. The pride I hold when someone asks me where I attend school is quite extreme. It is that power and the lessons of the 12th Man that rubbed off on me and made me convert my entire family to Aggies as well. As my senior year goes, I have found that I reflect and have had that bittersweet mindset throughout the year.

I had the opportunity to go to Vietnam this summer and visit both my parents' hometowns. My dad was a city boy, and mom was a country girl. It had been more than 10 years since I visited Vietnam, and I was stoked to end my anatomy and physiology-filled summer with a trip visiting family. I got to hug my 91-year-old grandma, the strongest women I know; drink Vietnamese coffee with my favorite uncle almost every morning; cook vegan meals with my aunts; and drive on scooters with my cousins. It was these little things that were most important to me to celebrate and appreciate.

Even more so, I got to experience my culture and my unfading love for a grand amount of people I have only known through Skype conversations for the majority of my life. We all share multiple things in common, including our selfless personalities and the honor and respect we have toward each other and the world around us. Coming back from this trip enlightened me. I built bonds and created connections even though we are once again on the opposite sides of this earth. My family members are my backbone, and they make me smile even on the most stressful days as a college student. I like to compare my family as true Aggies because their character and positivity is my inspiration and motivation in many of my rigorous classes.

School is tough, but my time here has definitely been worth every moment. Being an Aggie makes me feel like being part of a bigger family. Throughout my three years (going on fourth, WHOOP!) here at Texas A&M University, I don’t like to say that I have changed, but I have. I took a huge leap attending a school that separates me by six hours from my parents, a school with which my family had no association. My biomedical sciences major has broadened my horizons and let me meet people who share the same passion for healthcare, and I have found that it is the little moments, like bus rides to West Campus and random hallway talks waiting for the classes to start, that remind me of the memories I made with my family in Vietnam. The strength of my family and the Aggie spirit is strong within me.