Husky 100

September 18, 2019

Student Stories: Bao Nguyen

Bao Nguyen

Tacoma, WA2019 Husky 100 Bao Nguyen
B.S., Biology (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental)

Year awarded 2019

I never thought about applying to the Husky 100 until I received a nomination from my lab manager, Katie. Through nominating me, she not only helped me recognize my potential before I could do so myself; she also prompted me to critically evaluate my journey at the UW. As I worked on my application, I realized the importance of reflection. I was able to observe myself growing through the years as a person. Although not obvious at the time, I now see the importance of my ongoing effort over the years in my studies and extracurricular activities. I also recognized what activities are most meaningful for me that helped me reach my future goals. With this newfound knowledge, I am further empowered to continue striving for self-improvement and utilizing my capacities to benefit my community.

Being a Husky 100 opens doors for me toward many more opportunities that support my dream of pursuing a career in medicine. It further motivates me to work hard and to make a difference in my community. I am incredibly grateful to be part of the 2019 Husky 100 cohort, among some of the most proactive and inspiring people, and I hope to be able to work and grow alongside them. I am one step closer to my dream thanks to this generous recognition.

I hope that the Husky 100 can inspire all students, especially those who came from disadvantaged backgrounds, to know that they can be successful despite their circumstances. My immigration experience especially allows me to become more aware of, and relate with, the undocumented student community. The sense of personal empowerment that I felt upon receiving the Husky 100 cannot be underestimated. As such, I believe the Husky 100 can serve as an important milestone in students’ lives, especially when their efforts are often unrecognized and their challenges unspoken of. Despite the barriers and uncertainties they face, I hope to let students know that there are pathways and support systems available to alleviate the difficulties and that they too can become a Husky 100. 

I could not be where I am now without the incredible support from my mentors, collaborators, and friends from the UW across different settings. They have inspired me through their passion, hard work, and kindness to those around them. I would like to especially thank my lab manager, Katie, for placing me on the journey to pursue this recognition in the first place.

In addition, I am grateful to receive support from the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, especially from the Instructional Center and Leadership Without Borders. The Instructional Center staff invest deeply into every student they serve, and I credit my good academic record to their support. The Leadership Without Borders program supports me through providing resources and a community where I belonged.

My family, every step of the way, was there for me, and I know that if anything happens, I will always have their support.