Duc Ngoc Hong Nguyen: Outstanding Graduating International Student

What difference has UMaine made in your life and in helping you reach your goals?
The scholarship that I received from UMaine has certainly allowed me to get a quality education, and I am very grateful for that.

Besides that, many classes here have well prepared me academically to enter my graduate studies.

I also made a lot of friends. I really enjoy many of the activities and events the Office of International Programs organized, since they showcase the international student community and promote diversity. They are also very helpful, friendly and supportive.

How would you define the opportunities for student success at UMaine? Is there any particular initiative, program or set of resources that helped you succeed?
The Career Center is very helpful if you intend to apply to medical or graduate schools. They are very friendly and welcoming, as well.

They organize many information sessions and they list many opportunities for work/internship on their CareerLink website.

Have you worked closely with a professor or mentor who made your UMaine experience better?
I really enjoyed the time I spent in (applied plant pathology professor) Jianjun Hao’s lab.

Also, my adviser, Melissa Maginnis, is a lovely person. She’s very encouraging and understanding and gives me advice when I need it.

What advice do you have for incoming students to help them get off to the best start academically?
Be proactive in your studies and work. Also, don’t give up. At the end of the day, what matters most is that you tried your best.