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Trusting your instincts

3 July 2019

4 minute read

In the last four years, there has been a recurring theme for Tran Thai Son Pham that he believes has reformed his decision-making process – to trust his instincts.

From deciding to leave Vietnam to study in Australia, Tran believes that his instincts have given him that “extra zing” to gain a rich experience in his academic and personal life.  

“I grew up in an environment where classmates would either pursue a career as a doctor or an engineer at a very young age. I too did well in the subjects that would lead me to those careers but there was a strong bond I shared with math. An impulse that became an obsession and I’m glad it has developed into such a strong passion,” Tran said, adding that his family was extremely supportive of his move.

In year 10, Tran moved from his hometown Hai Phong, a major port city in northeastern Vietnam to a high school in Geelong, near Melbourne.

While he initially felt unsure about his move his confidence soon lifted as he scored the highest in his class in his first Math assignment.

“Even though I was a Year 10 student, I was transferred to Year 11 math based on my merits. That hugely boosted my morale. My math teacher had then predicted two outcomes for me, both of which that have come true. First, that I would pursue a career as an actuarial and the other, that I would receive the highest award in the state for my merit,” Tran shared.

Last month, Tran received a premier award from the state of Victoria for his academic performances at Geelong’s Kardinia International College.  

“I was settled in Geelong and I was going to go to one of the Melbourne universities to stay close to my new comfort zone. However, my instincts nudged me again to choose ANU for its courses and university environment,” he said.

Tran is studying at the ANU College of Business and Economics where he pursuing a double degree in Actuarial Science and Commerce. He is also the recipient of the prestigious ANU College of Business & Economics International Undergraduate Scholarship. He is one of the six international students who have received this award. 

Ever since he started studying at ANU earlier this year, Tran is glad to have followed his instincts.

“Canberra wasn’t a community I was aware of but I am grateful to be a part of it. Definitely program wise it was a good decision to come to CBE and I am simply awestruck by the ANU campus,” he said.

The ANU College of Business and Economics offers an extensive range of specialised programs in Actuarial Science and Commerce.

Updated:   11 February 2020 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team