Phuong Vy Thuy Tran is a second-year Promise Scholar at UC Santa Barbara pursuing a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Philosophy. As a first-generation Vietnamese-American, her journey into higher education is one filled with countless obstacles and wild dreams. She takes after her mother: a resilient womxn who continues to challenge adversity, a loving daughter who embraces life’s little moments, and a curious student who thrives on learning. With interests in cross-cultural relationships, interactive media, and spatial design, Phuong Vy hopes to attain a master’s degree in event management at New York University to one day start an event planning business. For her, event planning is the art of engineering space into a world for individuals to transcend differences and to share memories of a lifetime. Currently, Phuong Vy is an events intern for #ICANHELP and a graphic design intern for Her Campus UCSB. With the help of the Gablers Promise Scholars Writing Program, Phuong Vy hopes to encourage other Vietnamese-Americans (and others alike) to work towards their wild dreams, no matter how big or small.