Nga Do has lived a life marked by tragic circumstances and triumph. In 1988, she and her family joined the legions of "boat people" fleeing Vietnam for the refugee camps of Thailand. The family arrived in California in 1990, and 14-year-old Nga, the youngest of 10 children and speaking not a word of English, was told that she would be the first member of the family ever to go to college. Eight years later, Nga graduated from HNU, magna cum laude, with a BA in philosophy and two minors, math and computer science. "At HNU, I found my freedom and my independence," she relates. "It basically gave me the foundation of who I became. Without Holy Names, I don't think I could be the person I am today. The humanistic program made me a well-rounded person with a holistic view. I found I wanted to help people and my brilliant professors showed me how to do it. To start, I switched my major from math to philosophy." In 2003, Nga received a prestigious Thomas Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship from the U.S. State Department and today works as a foreign service officer and vice consul at the American consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. "In the future," she says, "my goal is to work with organizations whose vision is to curb poverty through creative projects and implement economically sustainable, effective solutions."