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Introducing Buoy to Brown University
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(14 days away!)
#collegehill

Ever wanted to be a boss?

 

York, PA native Lisa Nguyen('21) might not have "Chief Executive" tagged to her LinkedIn profile but she's undoubtedly on the path to great leadership. Ask her what she was doing at the age of 5 and you'll understand why...

"Growing up in a low-income household with parents who speak no English has been quite the uphill battle. Ever since I was five years old, I have accompanied my grandparents, extended family members, and parents to every doctor’s appointment, pharmacy visit, hospital stay, insurance consultation, and bank meeting to translate.

I also translated for my grandfather’s cataract surgery when I was six years old and was able to observe the procedure as well as converse with many members of the medical team! Throughout the years, my role progressed to include even more responsibility until I basically took over managing my parents’ bills and statements and immigration casework for extended relatives in my family’s home country (Vietnam).”

If you're having trouble imagining what that would be like when you were 6 years old..you’re not alone.. What’s incredibly wise of Lisa is her ability to get the lesson out of her circumstance.

"I lost a large portion of my childhood due to this unique responsibility, but it has entrenched a value of respect and understanding within my day-to-day outlook of life. Experiencing firsthand the language barrier that my parents did not overcome has taught me through many instances of frustration to be patient and empathetic when examining different cultures through the current societal structures today."

When summer is cool but...


you're kinda bored and ready to go back to school
#leggo

Ever dreamed of selling out Madison Square Garden!?

 

Haworth, NJ native Nick Diaz('20) may not be selling out the 20,789 seat arena yet but the journey has just begun.

"I have been songwriting since I was 13 and playing guitar even longer, but I didn't start focusing on music professionally until starting a band with a few friends of mine when I was 16.

I have suffered from occasional bouts of depression during my lifetime and it's in those times when I like to listen to music that speaks to the artists' struggles in a way that I can relate. Hearing my heroes admit to their own weaknesses and vulnerability helps me to be more comfortable with my own imperfections."

What's inspiring about Nick is his bold conviction to make a positive impact on the masses.

"I hope to one day speak to a large audience through my music, producing and writing songs that help people confront their demons and celebrate their successes. I want to create art that will inspire others to explore their own creative potential and push the boundaries of what is possible."

Check out Nick's debut single "Declaration" on Spotify here
 bu·oy | ˈbo͞oē,boi/ | Verb. to cause to become cheerful or more confident; to inspire
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