Huoi Trieu ‘99
- Deerfield Academy ‘02
- Georgetown University ‘06 (BA: English & Government)
After Georgetown, I moved to Jordan for two and a half years to be a part of the founding team to conduct program design and implementation for King’s Academy (www.kingsacademy.edu.jo), an educational initiative led by HM King Abdullah II. The school was modeled after his alma mater, Deerfield Academy, combining an American-style co-ed boarding school education with Arab tradition. As a full scholarship student at Applewild and then Deerfield, I had the privilege of taking the best models for financial aid to design and manage a program that provides scholarships to more than 50% of the student body. The work took me to over 150 homes throughout Jordan to conduct financial aid interviews and mentor students to ensure better student integration on campus. I even had the opportunity to design the school’s advising system, and was a dorm parent for 30+ Jordanian ninth and tenth grade girls in the school’s founding year. I ended my time in the Middle East by traveling to Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Qatar, and West Bank/Gaza.
Upon returning to the US in 2009, I worked for an international development/USAID contractor and managed economic growth projects in Egypt and traveled extensively to Jordan and Egypt for program management and research.
I currently work for Institute of International Education, a non-profit educational organization that provides scholarships to students for higher education worldwide (most notably the Fulbright and Ford Foundation scholars). My job allows me to travel internationally to build capacity of staff and manage a USAID-funded international scholarship program in Indonesia.
I am based in DC (where I am lucky enough to spend time with Rebecca Lee ‘99, who is currently pursuing her master’s degree at SAIS!), and would love to catch up with Applewild alums, so drop me a line if you are in the area!
Favorite Applewild Memories:
There are too many to count! I still remember my introduction to Applewild when I was in the sixth grade interviewing for the C.T. Crocker Scholarship and marveling at the facility and dedication of faculty and staff. Others include ringing the victory bell after a lacrosse or field hockey game; hours working with Mr. Rabideau in the darkroom and doing layout design for theProspector; the sense of achievement after tackling Mrs. Kahan’s problem sets or lab reports for Mrs. Schwartz; and catching up with Mr. Jones, Mr. Goodwin, and M. Chamas between classes and during my summers working at Applewild Summer Adventures Camp!
Each teacher inspired and pushed me to achieve in different ways. Mrs. Schwartz and Mrs. Kahan taught me the importance of thinking analytically and with precision; Mr. Rabideau taught me how to seek out beauty in everyday objects (and appreciate a different sense of humor!); Mr. Jones and Mr. Goodwin instilled in me a passion for teaching, not just in the classroom, but in life! And last, but certainly not least, Ms. Corbey was the perfect model for advising. I often reflect and try to replicate the mentorship and supportive style that is indicative of Applewild faculty and staff in my work, both in the US and abroad. I want to thank all of the dedicated faculty and staff who make Applewild the special place it is – your endless effort, time, and continued support help shape and inspire youth every day.
For me, Applewild was the pinnacle of change – it literally opened the doors to a prestigious education, and then the world. Applewild provided me with the foundation that has shaped my academic study and career in international development (and in particular education). Its supportive and nurturing environment allowed me to be proud of my Vietnamese heritage, fostered and pushed my intellectual interests, and taught me the importance of what it means to give to a community. In my work, both in Jordan and currently in Indonesia, I would like to think that I am paying forward the generosity of Applewild’s gift when I am able to identify and mentor scholarship students to pursue their academic goals in a meaningful way.
Thank you, Applewild, for shaping me into the person I am today!
Posted: May 17, 2011