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Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement (CAGLE)

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

October 2018 - Graduate

Chuong Do

Background

Our international student of the month for October Choung Do present himself by saying “I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Accounting. I came from Vietnam, specifically Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnamese culture shares a lot of similarities with other East Asian cultures.” When talking about his native country Do mentions “Vietnamese culture has a great emphasis on discipline, and people tend to be conservative when they can. Individuals are expected to contribute to the collective fist before taking care of themselves. Centuries of wars forge a stoic resolve in most Vietnamese but also enable excessive marines to most things foreign and/or new.”

Choung Do came to OSU because we wanted to be closer to his siblings but soon realized that OSU and Spears School of Business had a perfect mix of academics and school spirit. When describing the Ph.D. candidate Dr. Sandeep Nabar mentions “In addition to being an outstanding doctoral student, one of the best I've had in 16+ years at OSU, Chuong is also very active in OSU's International Student Organization. He's ISO's President this year, and actively participates in all its activities. I can't imagine any other student that would be more qualified than Chuong for the award.”

Best memories/experiences at OSU

When talking about his favorite’s memories at OSU the Ph.D. student comments “I have been involved with the International Student Organization (ISO) in all four years of my time at OSU. The nature of ISO means that we often have to pit area clubs against each other in some forms of competitions, for example pageants, sports tournaments and more. During these events, competitive spirits can cloud the underlying unity that enables these events. However, usually at the end, everyone comes together in some memorable ways. We recently had ISO Olympics and the last event was the soccer final. At the end both winning and losing team joined hands and chanted “I-S-O”. It was a very special moment for me and for our organization.”

Accomplishments and Hobbies

“Being an international student gives me more incentives to reach out and connect with different people. There are activities and experiences that I would not have taken part in if I were in a more familiar environment. There is also a great emphasis on expressing my values, which is not something that I need to do in Vietnam.”

“In regards to my hobbies, I like to think and to write. One of my hobbies is to write reviews of computer software. My most dominant personality trait is that I am very long-term oriented. As a result, I can be a bit of a worrywart but I do not often miss out on things.”

Chuong Do and others in front of the Noble Research Center

Chuong Do and friends holding up flags
Chuong Do and friends enjoying an OSU football game