Senior Profile: Phuc Truong

Photo courtesy of Phuc Truong.

What is your preferred name?

Just Phuc

What is your major and minor?

I’m a Chemistry major and Physics minor.

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

I was a Resident Assistant for ANW in my sophomore year. In my senior year, I’m a Peer Mentor for the FYS “A World of Light and Color.” I am also a tutor and lab assistant for the Chemistry department.

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

I was the Vice-President of Asian Community Coalition in my sophomore year and I am currently the President of Heroes Helping Hopkins. I am also a brother of Alpha Phi Omega.

Did you enjoy your time at McDaniel? How?

McDaniel has its moment, but my time here was made special because of my friends, clubs, and professors.

Who do you think is/was your best mentor(s)?

When I didn’t have any summer internships in my sophomore year, Dr. Ferraris took me in his research project. He has given me so much guidance in research and applying myself. I’ve gone places since then and he played a big part in it.

What is your best memory at McDaniel?

Dumpster diving in senior week. Or Spring Fling 2016.

What were some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

Definitely the lack of resources for science majors. I already expected that when I came to McDaniel. But overall, the science departments did a great job with doing all they could to support their students. I tried using all of the resources available and applying myself for external opportunities. In the end, it kinda worked out.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I will begin my graduate studies at University of California, Santa Barbara to pursue a PhD in Materials Science. Before doing that, my summer is for traveling and not caring.

What advice can you give to those not graduating?

Sometimes you might feel like you’re going nowhere. I feel that way too pretty much all the time. Stay positive, work hard, seize every opportunity, and you’ll get to where you want to be. Maybe better.

Is there anything else you want to share with the McDaniel community?