My name is Ngoc Anh Nguyen, but I go by Sister Maria.  I am from Vietnam and   I came to the United States as a Sister of the Community of the Lover of the Holy Cross to pursue my training in Education.  All my life, I always wanted to follow God's footsteps and to serve my poor people in Vietnam.  Henry David Thoreau, an American philosopher, says in Walden that, "I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there.  Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live and could not spare any more time for that one. It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten path for ourselves." I feel the same as Henry did.  It is my vocation to assist others to attain a good life. 

My eFolio contains aspects of my years here at Holy Cross College.  I was challenged in courses in my major in Communication and minor in Psychology.  This eFolio page describes my experiences and insights I have gained at Holy Cross College.  I complemented my religious life and deepened my awareness of how powerful service and love are in all aspects of life.

The theme of my eFolio is: "My grace is enough for you." (2-Corinthians 12:9-10) I use this theme because it fits so well with my journey from Vietnam to the United States.  I sincerely believe that if God sends me on stony paths, He will provide me with strong shoes.  God will not send me out on any journey for which He doesn't equip me well.  Coming to another country, I had to adapt to a new environment where everything was strange to me; it was quite a culture shock. There were moments of confusion and apprehension to overcome.  Learning another language is not easy for me, but I have learned a lot from Holy Cross College, and I realize the impact I want to have on the world.  I am very happy to be here, and I believe that Holy Cross College provided me with amazing opportunities.  I hope I have obtained useful knowledge to carry back to my community to serve them and my country devotedly and as effectively as I can.

Thank you for visiting my eFolio.  It is my pleasure to share this experience with all of you.  If you would like to know more about my experiences and academics at Holy Cross College, please come and attend my Capstone presentation on December 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. in the Pfeil Center Conference Room at Holy Cross College.