Hello! My name is Phương Nhật Nguyễn. I was born in Hà Nội, Việt Nam and lived the first 6 years of my life there. My family now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I went to Malden High School (CO’ 17) and currently go to the University of Southern California studying International Relations and the Global Economy with a minor in East Asian Languages and Culture, Pre-Law.
This blog is called “phuong goes” because: 1) I go many places, 2) I am going to do the things I set out to do.
In the future, I want to improve U.S.-Asia Pacific relations as an international arbitrator.
I am passionate about pushing equality, sustainability, human rights, institutional reform, international conflict resolution, and diversity in the work place!
I love to travel, volunteer, and learn new languages. I speak Vietnamese and English fluently. I’m learning Spanish and Chinese, and I’ve studied Latin.
Some other hobbies include upcycling, dismantling unjust institutions, painting, running, swimming, reading, writing. Some of my favorite books are Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and The Time In Between by Maria Duenas. My favorite poems are On Quitting by Edgar Albert Guest and Mayakovsky by Frank O’Hara.
“How much grit do you think you’ve got?
Can you turn from joys that you like a lot?” (On Quitting)
“Now I am quietly waiting for
the catastrophe of my personality
to seem beautiful again,
and interesting, and modern.” (Mayakovsky)