The love for computers gave me strength to go through the hardest exam ever and to study computers which otherwise few students had the opportunity in my town at that time. I got a chance to study computers as a major with other 30 students and was introduced to basic languages but we were mostly taught on paper and hardly got a chance to work on the computer practically. It was tough to work on codes by just imagining and assuming that it will prove to be right. I therefore decided to put in my utmost effort to get familiar with the computer by asking my teacher for a volunteer job. The job in the beginning included cleaning of the computer room, removing and replacing accessories and other side things. Gradually, my teacher allowed me to work on the computer under his supervision and also taught me basics to run and reboot it. Consequently, I took part in discussions pertaining to computers and my teachers seeing my interest in the subject motivated me to select computer sciences as my career. By that time I was the only one in my neighborhood who knew how to use a computer and could help in typing of texts which otherwise required to be done by experts outside my town. My keen interest for learning enabled me to become more determined to pursue my further career in computers. After my graduation from high school, I was admitted into the University of Nature Sciences for the computer science major in Ho Chi Minh City but at the same time my family planned to shift to the United States
of America and thus I was unable to advance in my studies as I had to move with them. My life suddenly took a new direction as I arrived in the United States. My parents decided to return back to Vietnam after some months leaving me and my sister behind. With an unstable income and a necessity to survive, I started my first job in the States as a dish washer at a nearby restaurant. At the same time, I possessed a strong devotion to study but this time it was harder than there in Vietnam as English was not my native language and therefore few people understood what I said. I enrolled in one of the school’s English programs and later took English classes from the Berkeley City College. The language barrier was a hard one to overcome but had passed this; I knew I would be fine with the college classes and other suitable jobs.