Moving from Vietnam to the United States to attend college was an adventure for Lan Nguyen, but she has never been afraid to take risks. A double major in mathematics with economics and financial economics, Nguyen is working as an associate at New Markets Advisors, in Cambridge, Mass.
New Markets Advisors is a boutique management consulting firm with a special focus on innovation strategy. They work with companies in the healthcare, financial services, consumer products and education industries. The company helps clients create new sources of growth, bolster their innovation capabilities, and generate ideas for products, services, and business models. Nguyen's job is to do research on industries and new opportunities, conduct customer research, and synthesize findings.
Nguyen came to Saint Anselm because she wanted to go to a small school where she could get to know everyone and really get immersed into the American culture. "I couldn't have had a better experience being an international student. I didn't have the chance to visit the campus before I came, but somehow it felt right looking at the pictures on the website, and just reading about the school's focus and traditions," she says. There were times when she missed home, but Saint Anselm and her friends made it easier for her.
Double majoring was no breeze for Nguyen, but it gave her many skills that help her in her business career. She chose financial economics as her major freshman year. After taking calculus, she realized that math fascinated her and that she enjoyed understanding and solving problems. "I developed close relationships and got a lot of help from the professors here. They all shaped my ways of thinking, and helped me get to where I am today," she says.
Nguyen was a member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), an international non-profit organization that allows college students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. In her senior year she had an internship as an industry research analyst with News Patterns, a news intelligence company in Manchester, N.H., which gave her the research experience that helped her to get the job she has today.
Nguyen enjoys exploring the city of Boston in her free time. Her favorite thing to do is to visit the museums and art galleries, or try different cafes and bakeries in the North End.
Plans for the future? Nguyen wants to get her master's degree, but nothing is set in stone for this young alumna. "I still want to travel the world, and I am not sure where I would end up settling down yet. I guess I'm just ready for any new adventures that are coming my way."