I’ll Be Back

“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs these past two years. My girlfriend got sexually assaulted, I lost my grandfather and my aunt, my dog got taken by people who probably eat dog meat, and my E-commerce startup didn’t make it at a business competition. But early on, I’ve developed the kind of mentality to get right back up. I’m from Hanoi, Vietnam. I graduated early and came to Japan when I was 16. I’m 20 now. Everything was amazing but it took me a while to overcome the language barrier. I had to do a lot of odd jobs too because my family wasn’t doing so well financially, and I didn’t have a full scholarship. I struggled a bit and was on survival mode, but good thing I have friends who helped me mentally.

“Now I’m back. I even paid back all my debt from my startup that crashed. I went back to Vietnam for three months and did some therapy session. I met some amazing people who showed me a lot of love. I’m in my senior year in university here in Japan and my goal is to become a data scientist. I’m also active in our school’s Model United Nations club. That’s where I get to practice my data analysis skills. I do a lot of work involving building data structures online. I want to be a data scientist in urban planning. I believe that if we build a safer city, stuff like what happened to my girlfriend can be avoided, based on current technology trends in automation and face recognition.”

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