In two words, Eliza can be described as an adventure-seeker and a globe trotter. Although born and raised in Hanoi, Eliza left Vietnam at the age of 14 to attending boarding school in Connecticut. At boarding school, she fell in love with Model United Nations, an activity that to this day she firmly believes has shaped her identity and outlook on the world. From a summer working in a youth nonprofit in Vietnam to another traveling to China for Model UN, as well as her high school years working to improve educational inequality for girls in developing countries, Eliza has since been determined to bring back her experiences from around the world to make meaningful contributions to the education system in Vietnam, her home country in which she sees a promising future.
After high school, Eliza went on to pursue a degree in Economics from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. While an Economics student for most of the time, to her own surprise, she found herself thoroughly enjoying the interdisciplinary nature of a liberal arts curriculum. To Eliza, it was always an enlightening moment when she can connect her study in Economics to other disciplines, such as Psychology, Education, or International Relations, or apply her classroom knowledge to real-life settings. She also attributes her own growth and personal development to her experience in liberal arts and is very excited to be a part of Fulbright, a pioneer of liberal arts in Vietnam.
On a sunny day, Eliza can be found exploring the local F&B scene with friends, jamming to a HIIT workout while listening to EDM, or enjoying a good cup of Vietnamese iced coffee. On a rainy day, she can be found playing with her two poodles, or binging rom-com on Netflix.