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Linda Nguyen

An Active Student Life

What started out as a smart college decision has turned into a passion for Linda Nguyen. She’s found her niche inside and outside the classroom and felt right at home every step of the way.

Initially attracted to UT Arlington because of the nursing program, she’s now majoring in exercise science and hopes to one day earn a Ph.D. in nutrition.

“I realized it was fitness and wellness that I was actually interested in,” Nguyen says. “The nursing courses I took helped me understand that I could specialize in this field. I want to help people feel better so they’re not so stressed out.”

Along with discovering her calling, she became actively involved in the University’s student life. She accepted leadership roles in numerous campus organizations, including serving as Ms. UTA, a position elected by students to represent the University and uphold its traditions.

She also works as an intern for Campus Recreation and trains six days a week for a half-marathon. Despite her often hectic schedule, she calls UT Arlington a comfortable place.

“I love the diversity we have to offer,” says the senior from Garland, whose parents came to the United States from Vietnam in 1979. “It’s easy to feel like you fit in with the student population.”

Nguyen has done more than just fit in. She served as president, vice president of membership, philanthropy coordinator and social chair for Delta Zeta sorority. She’s also been a peer counselor, served as secretary for the UTA Ambassadors and participated in UTA HOSTS!, a student mentoring program.

She believes students from any background can thrive at UT Arlington.

“It’s just the right size to get the feel of a large student body without feeling like a small fish thrown into the ocean,” she explains. “Meeting new people is an everyday thing, but you also have a better chance of creating more lifelong friendships with the intimacy of our campus. Our school has a great dynamic, and there are plenty of opportunities to succeed.”

Her road to success will continue after she earns her bachelor’s degree. She’s weighing whether to enter the work force or pursue graduate studies at UT Arlington.

“My goal is to get into the field of fitness and wellness so that I’ll be working in a hospital or health center,” Nguyen says. “I want to develop and coordinate health programs.”

With UT Arlington as her test track, she’ll be well prepared.

Linda Nguyen

“I realized it was fitness and wellness that I was actually interested in,” Nguyen says. “The nursing courses I took helped me understand that I could specialize in this field. I want to help people feel better so they’re not so stressed out.”

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