- April 18, 2012
- 12:01 am
- Steve Christensen
Meet Jack Nguyen
Our fifth Weekend of Excellence student profile introduces you to Jack Nguyen, who is a part of the STARS (Students Together Are Reaching Success) program, a member of the NUFP (NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program), and an inaugural Maroon & Gold Society member. He also serves as Vietnamese American Student Association president for two terms and president for The Council of Pan-Asian Americans. Currently, he heads the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration committee with three others and he has served as the Loyola MAASU (Midwest Asian American Student Union) representative for the past two years. For more on the Weekend of Excellence, including a full list of events, click here.
How did you get involved in research/service at Loyola?
My first involvement on Loyola’s campus was through the Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. I have met so many peers, staff, and faculty members that have made major impacts in my life. Through the department, I came to understand how social justice is important to me while grasping the concept of privilege and how identity plays a vital role.
What advice would you give students, either currently at Loyola or thinking of coming here, about how to get the best out of their education?
I would advise them to take advantage of all the amazing services offered, ranging from the writing center in the Klarchek Information Commons to the First-Year Experience office or from academic advising. I would encourage building the relationship between academic affairs and student affairs and take the most out of every experience.
What do you think differentiates Loyola from other universities?
Having the Jesuit education values instilled at our institution already gives us the edge over many other institutions. The holistic view and education at Loyola not only teach these values, but also offer students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to implement the knowledge gained inside and outside the classroom. Loyola continues to foster the ideals to allow students freedom to truly go forth and set the world on fire with the tools of knowledge and the power to create change.
What do you like most about Loyola?
I was born and raised in Chicago. I will always have a spot in my heart for the city and urban lifestyle. No matter where I will go, I will always come back to Chicago. I did not realize my attachment to the city until I attended Loyola. As a Chicago resident, there were a lot of services and opportunities in the city that I did not know existed until Loyola showcased Chicago in a different light than what I was used to when I was growing up here. Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus sits beautifully along the coast of Lake Michigan, while the downtown campus is situated next to the lively Michigan Avenue area.
What was your “ah ha” moment here?
My “ah ha” moment would probably be during the spring semester of my second year in 2010 here at Loyola. This was right around the time when I finally understood what I wanted to pursue in terms of my passion and gearing that towards my career. During the semester was when I was formally introduced to the fields of student affairs and higher education. I was thrilled to learn that I could make a career out of what I was currently doing on a day-to-day basis and get paid for it!