Paula Duong Marketing

Paula Duong

Greetings. From the University of Wisconsin-Madison I, Paula Duong, am truly honored to be this year’s VIA-1 Marketing Director. Coming from a big city like Milwaukee, Wisconsin I am at UW in pursuit of getting into Nursing school. Currently, I am in my third undergraduate year and for the past two years I have been involved in my VSA as volunteering chair and secretary as well as marketing staff for the previous VIA-1 conference.

I was inspired to take part in the VIA-1 planning process thanks to VSA. VSA is my main motivation in becoming more involved in my VSA, the Midwest, and beyond. To me, VSA is a strong and passionate social and philanthropic organization where people from the community come together and share the same vision: giving back to the community; creating a warm and welcoming environment for past, present, and future members; and personal and professional development. It is more than a student organization on your campus and learning about Vietnamese culture, VSA is an organization that creates stronger bonds and connects you with people throughout the country so that you can explore your own identity and feel a sense of belonging. It’s a place where you can seek comfort, have fun, learn, and develop a set of skills that will be helpful in your future no matter what career you may go into. VSA pushes you to step out of your comfort zone and to do things you never imagined you can do and in the future hopefully you’ll develop the passion to do the same for future members so that we can create a generation of stronger leaders.

As you can see, I am very passionate about VSA and you can pretty much say it’s my hobby. Other than that, I love to eat delicious food, watch shows, sleep, and … sleep some more. Once again, I am grateful for receiving this position and please look forward to what Marketing has in store for VIA-1 this year.

Committee Members:

  • Sophie Pham
  • Cindy Dao
  • Christina Nguyen
  • Jimy Nguyen


Name/Year/ Position. Is this your first-time being a VIA-1 director and/or attending the conference?

Paula Duong, Junior, Marketing Director. First time being a director, but was on staff last year. Been attending VIA-1 ever since my freshman year so this year would be my third.

Why did you choose to take part in the planning process? Why this committee versus the other committees?

I was really reluctant in being director this year because I didn’t think I had the qualities to be a leader, but Mr. Andy Pham convinced me to. I was convinced that this position would really help me in professional and personal development as an individual and as a leader. Director or as a regular staff member, I wanted to take part in the planning process because of all the friends and connections I’ve made over the past two years as a part of UVSA-Midwest. I want my guppies and everyone else to see the beauty of this conference and the organization by bringing in innovative ideas to marketing and showing them my dedication throughout the process.

Marketing committee because I was Marketing staff last year and why not. Whatever position I’m given, I’ll do my best in.

Who inspires you the most?

All the OGs that are still active and passionately involved in UVSA-Midwest inspire me. Their confidence, their passion, and their energy is just so motivational (especially them old Badgers). I want to make a positive impact on the guppies as much as they have impacted us.

Most memorable experience or favorite memory of VIA-1 so far?

My most memorable experience of VIA-1 is the time when I didn’t remember and had to piece together my night through multiple sources. Tragic.

Director Question: Which committee director would you marry, impeach, and collaborate with and why?

Marry – Michelle Tran because we had a makeup bonding moment at La Ciel by putting on the same plum lipstick. Indirect kiss. It was meant to be after that.

Impeach – Sean Vo because he’s a bully. I really don’t understand why all the directors are so infatuated with him. smh

Collaborate – Amy Ni because I met her my freshman year, but I feel like we still don’t know each other very well. I spoke Viet to her at a recent party and awkwardly apologized. I knew she wasn’t Viet…


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