Hanoi Native Conquering Top-Ranked U.S. Business School
By Bruce Beans
When Bach Dang first arrived at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, English was his greatest challenge. The business student had a hard time comprehending what his professors were saying.
After classes, however, he asked his professors about anything he didn’t understand. “That helped me a lot,” says the 20-year-old Hanoi native. “The professors understand that many international students come to Temple and not all of them have very good English skills, so they are very willing to help you.”
Dang’s American roommates also gladly helped him practice his English his freshman year. The result: Last year he even conquered his business communications course, which required many oral presentations. “It’s nerve-wracking to speak in front of 25 people, but that helped me feel more confident in speaking English,” says the junior. “I feel a lot more confident in class now and I’m no longer afraid of even talking with strangers on the street.”
Believing that “America has the best education in the world,” Dang chose Temple due to the strong reputation of the Fox School of Business—one the world’s largest business schools. “The quality of the classes is really outstanding,” he says. “It’s a great school, and Temple provides students with many opportunities to prepare for their future careers.”
He is majoring in finance as well as risk management and insurance. After he graduates, Dang wants to work in the U.S. for a few years in either banking or insurance before returning to Vietnam.
Besides the Temple campus, Dang likes Philadelphia’s parks, shops and restaurants. “The Vietnamese restaurants don’t exactly serve what my mom cooks, but it’s a pretty good taste of home,” he says.
He also is active in two business-oriented Temple student chapters: Gamma Iota Sigma, for risk and actuarial science students, and the Pan-Asian Ascend chapter. His part-time student jobs include working in the university library and for the Intensive English Language Program (IELP), which helps international students who need to improve their English skills before they begin taking courses.
“My workplaces are just wonderful, with wonderful people who are so friendly,” says Dang. “I’ve met so many friends that I don’t feel isolated at all.
“And when I see an international student at IELP, I see the image of myself a few years ago. I feel sympathetic toward them and that motivates me to work harder to help them.”