is from Vietnam. He came to Green River Community
College (GRCC) in the fall of 2007 and is working towards a graphic
Hieu Quach, Vietnam
"Before I came to Green River, I
was a high school exchange student in a small town in Texas. After
that experience, I knew I wanted to continue my college
education in the U.S.A., so I contacted
Vietnam for recommendations. They suggested Green River Community
College and put me in contact with a Vietnamese student at GRCC."
Hieu began GRCC as an academic student. He had
very strong English skills because of his year as a high school
"I took a lot of art classes my first quarter," said Hieu.
"...Art 105, 106, 109 and 110.
My teachers were great. I'd say my favorite was
Hieu wanted to help his parents with some of
the expenses of attending college, so the following quarter he got a job as an IESL
tutor and he applied for the Robert L. Youells Music
Foundation Scholarship. This is a talent-based scholarship
and fine arts students must submit a portfolio in order to qualify.
"I put a lot of effort into this scholarship and I did everything I
could to be the most impressive applicant... Two months later, a
letter came to my house notifying me that I got the scholarship for
$2500, which is approximately tuition for one quarter. I was so
happy that I was almost moved to tears. I felt proud," Hieu said.
In addition to the scholarship money, Hieu was
able to find two part-time jobs on
campus. He is currently working as an assistant to MacKenzie Hizon,
the director of international outreach and regional contact for
Vietnam. Part of his job is answering e-mails from prospective
Vietnamese students. He is also the author of the
What's it Like to be a Green River International Student. Hieu
also works in the college's marketing office
creating flyers and posters to promote events on campus.
"My on-campus jobs are giving me valuable
experience and they help me with some of the college expenses too."
graduate in spring 2009. His goal is to attend UCLA.