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Freshman Spotlight: Thuy Nguyen

On a Wednesday afternoon back in late August, freshman Aidan Abansado (‘24) was taking a break in between classes when his phone suddenly buzzed with a notification from Instagram. It was a DM from an account under the name @calligraphy_dino. “Who’s this?” Aidan thought to himself. He quickly unlocked his phone and curiously opened the […]

On a Wednesday afternoon back in late August, freshman Aidan Abansado (‘24) was taking a break in between classes when his phone suddenly buzzed with a notification from Instagram. It was a DM from an account under the name @calligraphy_dino. “Who’s this?” Aidan thought to himself. He quickly unlocked his phone and curiously opened the app. To his surprise, it was a short and simple message saying, “hi, r u in my lit and comp class?”

From there, not only did a conversation spark, but the beginning of brand new friendship. After hearing this anecdote from my brother, I was eager to know more.

“So who is this girl?” I asked.

“Oh, her name is Thuy,” Aidan responded.

He went on to explain how friendly and sociable she was, and I knew right then and there I had to meet her to get the inside scoop.

Thuy Nguyen (‘24) is a freshman here at CB who came from Merryhill Elementary and Middle School in Midtown Sacramento. Although she’s met a lot of new people during her first few months of high school, she shares that it wasn’t always so easy.

“It was a good amount of people that I knew [coming from Merryhill], but was I friends with any of them? Not really,” she says jokingly.

Despite the struggle of distance learning and transitioning to a Hyflex schedule, Thuy has had no issue with stepping out of her comfort zone. Back in October, she decided to push herself into the spotlight and submit a dance cover from the popular K-pop group Stray Kids for the first Open Mic Night of the school year.

“I wasn’t even gonna submit anything in the beginning, and then the more I thought about it, I was like, ‘Okay I’ll just do a K-pop dance,'” she shares. “I’m a freshman, it’s my first year, I don’t know anybody, so might as well put myself out there. If I didn’t submit, I would regret it a little.”

But why dancing? Like many others, Thuy picked up this new hobby during quarantine. She started with learning some simple BTS choreography, and her talent only grew from there. Fast-forward to her preparation for the first show.

“I wanted to do a song that generally had hard choreography, that’s why I picked ‘God’s Menu’,” she explained.

Thuy’s latest digital art piece

Learning K-pop choreography is only one of Thuy’s many interests. For years, Thuy has been doing art, including calligraphy, hence her Instagram username, @calligraphy_dino. She recently started posting her creations on this account to share her gift with her friends and family.

“To be honest, most of it is just for myself. I want to see how I develop as an artist, but I also want to create content so that other people can see,” the freshman shares. “So part of it is for myself and part of it is to show people my skill set and my capability.”

After talking with her some more, I realized the biggest thing that these two activities have in common: her work ethic. Few freshman can say they are on top of their game during their first year of high school, but with Thuy, this isn’t the case.

“I’m generally a very diligent person, and I like working, so this kind of just applies with everything I do,” she says. “Whenever I do something, I put all my effort into it. I’m a perfectionist, so that’s really important to me.”

Ms. Anna Fernandez, Thuy’s teacher for Spanish II, can definitely attest to this. She met Thuy back in May when she challenged Spanish I as an incoming freshman. Thuy’s Spanish was “amazing”, Ms. Fernandez shares, so she decided that Spanish II would be the perfect fit for her.

“She’s sometimes way more mature than my regular Spanish II class,” Ms. Fernandez says with a laugh. “She just blended in from the beginning — nobody even knew she was a freshman. She’s not afraid of just speaking up and sharing answers and speaking in Spanish, so I really appreciate that about her. She’s doing great, and I’m glad she’s in my class.”

“I’m very ambitious, and I’m very dedicated to my work, and that’s what sets me apart from a lot of people,” Thuy explains.

Thuy’s work ethic and positive mindset is one that will only grow in her next three and a half years here at Christian Brothers. Her attitude and spirit can be an inspiration to not only her freshman peers, but all walks of life here on campus.

“What I produce and all the content I create, whether it be making dance covers or making art, or just school work and essays and homework in general, I’m gonna put in all my effort and I’m gonna work hard so I can be the best version of myself.”

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