Parents want their children to be successful in life. But how do you define success? For Kevin Nguyen’s parents, their definition of success is defined largely by the media: if you are wealthy, you will achieve success. And in their eyes, in order to become wealthy, you must attend a good college. So you must therefore work hard in high school to achieve a high GPA and high SAT scores. So if you’re Kevin’s parents, you push him into a field like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) to achieve these goals you’ve set before him.
For Kevin, success is not defined by wealth. Instead, Kevin believes that if you find your passion and pursue that passion, success will follow. Therefore, Kevin’s goals never aligned with the goals his parents had set for him. Kevin wasn’t interested in a STEM career. Kevin didn’t achieve all A’s in his classes and only received an average score on his SAT. Kevin’s passion wasn’t in academics. Kevin’s passion is to serve others. And that passion has led to Kevin being accepted to every college he applied to and what’s more, Kevin accumulated enough non-merit scholarships to allow him to attend college on a full-ride.
One of the scholarships he received was the 2016 Kenneth C. Forror MD Scholarship. In his thank you letter to the Foundation, Kevin said “Thanks to you, I realize that there are other possible ways in finding success and that I can find it by following a genuine path through pursuing my own passion.”
Read Kevin’s thank you letter here.