Who Am I?

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I am a first-generation Vietnamese American, and the youngest of three in the family. I am a recent graduate at Drexel University, currently holding a Master's degree in Library and Information Science. Prior to Drexel I have a Bachelor's degree in Historic Preservation from Temple University.

While growing up, I've been a curious person, but I've been quiet all my life. I never really get to express myself in a way until I came to high school. My curiosities grew more when I was at Temple University. Temple gave me the opportunity to go around Philadelphia and learn something I would never learn about in school. Philadelphia's history really fascinated me, and that made me become interested in local history. And that local history brought me to my own hometown in Ambler, PA, and the Wissahickon Valley Historical Society. 

 

When people look at me, they would never think I would go into a field relating to history. Can't you blame me? If I want to express my career, I have to show how dedicated I am. This website/blog will help me showcase my work and skills in historic research. 

Fun Facts

  • I am a first-generation American-born Vietnamese

  • My name is actually spelled like this: Yến (spelled the same, but pronounced very differently with the accents)

    • This is my proper full name in Vietnamese: Hồ Hoàng Yến

  • My parents came to America after the Vietnam War; My dad grew up in Huế and my mom grew up in Bến Tre

  • My dad was a research engineer; My mom was a hairstylist

  • I have two older sisters with doctorate degrees in Physical Therapy and in Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

  • I graduated from Wissahickon High School in 2015

  • I was crowned Homecoming Queen during my senior year

  • Special Talent: I can name all the US Presidents in CHRONOLOGICAL order

  • I played the violin since I was 9 years old; still playing to this day, but not professionally

  • As a kid, my favorite historical figures were Amelia Earhart and Ulysses S. Grant

  • HomeGoods is my very first job; worked there for almost 5 years

  • I am a Pisces (in Western Zodiac) and an Ox (in Eastern Zodiac); My primal Zodiac sign is a Moose

  • I love LEGOS as a kid

  • I love Disney!

  • I love watching football and international soccer games with my dad

  • My first Broadway show in New York was Anastasia

  • My favorite Disney Princesses are Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" and Tiana from "Princess and the Frog"

  • My favorite game show is Family Feud

  • My favorite music genre is anything Pop

  • My favorite books are the Percy Jackson Series (I had a fascination with Greek Mythologies thanks to this book series)

  • My favorite car is a Blue 2011 Toyota Prius

  • My favorite superhero is Batman

  • My favorite candies are Airheads, Smarties, and Nerds

  • My favorite ice cream flavors are Vanilla and Chocolate; love them as a combination

  • My TOP 2 favorite foods are Fish and Chips and Eggs Benedict

  • I'm a fan of anything vintage and nostalgia

  • I am a dog-lover

  • I organize my favorite songs on YouTube by SEASON/MEMORY