Name: Melissa Nguyen
Major: Public Health
Melissa is from Salem, Oregon and is currently in her fourth year at OSU. She is an involved student on campus who is passionate about promoting health and working with others. In high school she was part of the link leadership program to help incoming freshmen get used to high school.This experience helped her to become interested in working with peers and she realized how much she liked working with others. Melissa also volunteered at Salem Hospital for two years and liked working in a medical setting and enjoyed interacting with patients.
Upon starting at OSU, she had a desire to be involved on campus and ended up joining a variety of student organizations. Melissa has been a member of the Vietnamese Student Association and the Cambodian Student Association for three years and currently serves as the secretary for the Cambodian Student Association and the Public Health Club. She has also volunteered with the Impact program that works with children with disabilities and works one-on-one with a child every term. Melissa also joined Peer Health Advocates, a student organization on campus that works to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles among OSU students. She volunteered with Peer Health Advocates for one year and then went on to get a paid position as a student coordinator. Her previous involvement on campus helped her to get this position and gain leadership experience.
Melissa attends meetings regularly for all her student organizations, as well as taking initiative in planning events, facilitating committees, and communicating with students and the campus community. She is a dependable and positive leader who is able to effectively reach out to and inspire other students. Her experiences have not only made her more comfortable talking to large groups as well as more comfortable with public speaking and meeting new people. Some advice Melissa offers to new students and aspiring leaders is to “take the first step to open yourself up to new groups and people, it will help you to change and grow.” Thank you Melissa for your commitment to helping others and your involvement on the OSU campus!