My name is Lucy Nguyen and this is myBeach Experience…
My Beach Experience has been about stepping up and into leadership positions, connecting with phenomenal mentors, and defining myself as a future business leader with a social good mindset.
What is not to love about The Beach? Even though I live a mere 30 minutes away, I spend more time on campus than I do at home. CSULB is beautiful campus located minutes away from the beach and city. Though large in numbers, CSULB takes on a small college approach where quality academics and student involvement are continuously placed at the forefront. The sheer number of applications CSULB received for the Fall 2012 semester speaks for itself – 75,000 applications! There is no way I could have imagined myself anywhere else. CSULB has become my home away from home and will always have a special place in my heart.
I believe it is the hardworking and extremely talented individuals who make an organization great. CSULB is certainly no different. It is because I have been blessed to be surrounded by supportive mentors and friends who saw something in me and made it their business to guild me on paths that have developed me into the person I am today. I would have not had the courage to run for my first elected position to represent the College of Business Administration on the ASI Senate at 18 if it wasn’t for their support. I gained confidence in my abilities and learned that mistakes are a great way to instill hard lessons. My leadership involvement at CSULB opened up my eyes to a world of service to others that quickly became my passion. The greatest feeling for me is even if I made a small positive change in someone’s life, I did something worthwhile. This feeling is what fueled me to continue pursuing leadership roles in student government where I played a role in reducing carbon emissions, lobbying against tuition increases, increasing student involvement through publicity and recruitment, and working with the 23 CSU campuses that make up the California State University System.
One of my guiding principles is that it doesn’t matter what I do as long as I continue to challenge myself. Continuous growth and learning are very important to me. During my time as a student leader, I had the opportunity to take an active role in molding and helping move forward the campus on issues that are important to students. This experience has also given me a glimpse behind the scenes at the many moving parts that make a university function and I see this experience as a microcosm of what I will be experiencing in business. I have come to find that the more I learn, the more I realize how little I really do know.
My immediate plans after graduation are to work for a marketing agency in Los Angeles or New York, focusing on digital and social media. I am a big supporter of non-profit organizations who help people develop skills such as KIVA, who empowers entrepreneurs in developing countries with micro loans to alleviate poverty; Youth Leadership America, whose mission is to foster leadership and networking among high school students; and Rotary International, whose many projects include eliminating Polio from the face of the earth and bringing clean water to countries in need. By combining my passion for digital/social media and non-profit, I dream of opening a media marketing firm whose focus is social media for social good, to bring awareness to the public about what little things we can to do help others who are less fortunate.
It would bring me great joy to stay connected to the university that has given me so much. I plan on becoming a mentor for business students in the Corporate Mentoring Program and would also be more than happy to return as a guest speaker for student organizations. The Alumni Association is also an excellent way to show pride for this incredible university and the traditions that make us Long Beach State. I definitely plan on joining as soon as I graduate! Go Beach!