When opportunity comes to Aivana Hoang, she doesn't hesitate to embrace it.
That was how she became an orientation leader, a member of the Student Government Association, and the lead event coordinator for a TEDX event that brought eight speakers to Baltimore to talk about creativity.
“UBalt has helped me to develop my leadership qualities,” she said. “As I am surrounded by people with life experience, knowledge and powerful ideas, I have seen myself grow in the way I work with others and present myself professionally. I've learned more about myself and the things that I believe in and stand for.”
Hoang graduated from the University of Baltimore in spring 2018 with a B.S. in Business Administration. She credits the University with connecting her to a scholarship donor that helped fund her education and make it possible. As a student, she made sure not to waste a moment.
“This was my biggest blessing because I was the able to concentrate on my studies and getting involved on campus and not have to worry about how I was going to pay tuition,” she said. “This is an opportunity that not many people receive.”
In her time as an orientation leader, she strived to give new students a positive first impression like she had when she came to UBalt as a first-time undergraduate. Her time as an orientation leader taught her something new about herself.
“The more I grow, personally, the more invested I am in giving back to the community that helped me build myself. UBalt has made me want to continue to mentor the youth and eventually become an educator to inspire people the way my professors have inspired me,” Hoang said. “I always tell myself that my dream career is the one that hasn't been created yet because the world is always changing. People are put into these boxes and are told that they have to know exactly what they want to do in life and make a lot of money doing it but I find that stressful. UBalt has taught me to set realistic goals for myself and to not be afraid of change.”