Chinh Pham, Trumbull College 2013

Born in Vietnam and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, I graduated from Yale in 2013 with a degree in Psychology. Having traveled throughout my infant, high school, and college years, nobody was surprised (except maybe my mother) when I picked up my bags after graduation and moved to China to work with the Yale-China Association.

While at Yali High School in Changsha, Hunan, I worked with over 500 students in so many more ways than I expected coming into the fellowship. From being a mentor to a musical director to simply a friend, this was truly a life changing experience. Following in the footsteps of the various teachers and mentors that have influenced and guided me through my formative years, I now serve as a mentor to students in China. In the near future, I plan to continue working directly with students and, in the process, learn more about the Chinese education system and the demand for American higher education.

Some of my favorite things in life are a strong cup of coffee, a good read, and my mother’s cooking. While in China, I also hope to strengthen my grasp of Chinese, eat as many things as I can, and learn to ride my recently purchased 电动车.