Pachoua Vang

Pachoua Vang

Hometown:  Milwaukee
College:  Mount Mary University
Major/Minor:  Biology- Health Sciences/ Spanish minor

Why did you choose to attend Mount Mary University?
I knew I learned best in small environments, so the small class sizes at Mount Mary University attracted me. In addition to the small class sizes, the one-on-one relationship with the professors was something I wanted as well. It is important to me that I am getting my education without too much debt, and I am able to attend Mount Mary University despite it being a private university due to the scholarships Mount Mary offered me as well as the Wisconsin Grant.

How has financial aid impacted your college experience?
Receiving grants and financial aid has allowed me to stay more focused. I am able to focus more on my education without worrying about not having the funds to pay for it. This has also allowed me to be more open to what opportunities I take in order to advance in my prospective career. I am grateful for the scholarships, grants, and financial aid.

What will a college degree mean to you?
A college degree is much more than just a stepping  stone to obtaining the career that I want. To me, a college degree demonstrates to the many women before and after me that it is possible with hard work and dedication. Growing up in a culture where women are not expected to excel in academics, a degree from Mount Mary University can help broaden my perspective and equip me to serve my community.

Have you learned something during college you didn’t expect?
I was well aware of the importance of independence in college. However, I did not expect to learn that dependence is also as important. I learned that although there may be some things I should know how to do on my own, I should not underestimate the power of asking for help and allowing others to help me. Appreciating the different perspectives and approaches that people have are examples of this.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to pursue a medical career as a doctor and serve in underserved populations.

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