Diem Hoang and her family emigrated from Vietnam to the United
States less than five years ago. Her parents do not speak English,
and neither did Diem when she emigrated.
Today, she is a junior at California State University, Fullerton, majoring
in business administration, and pursuing concentrations in finance
and accounting. Learning English has been her biggest hurdle yet,
but the first-generation college student has maintained a 4.0 GPA
at both CSUF and Fullerton College, where she earned an AA in
Diem has been active in the CSUF Finance Association, Student
Leadership Institute and College Phi Theta Kappa. In addition, her
enthusiasm for helping others led her to volunteer for the Sunkist
Library, Tet Festival, Fullerton College Extended Opportunity
Programs and Services and CSUF Disabled Student Services. She
was awarded the 2011 Presidents Volunteer Service Award and two
certificates for volunteer service on campus and in the community.
Diems plans for the future include pursuing an MBA and doctorate,
to realize her career goal of becoming a university professor.