Hello! My name is Uyenthi Le, pronounced win-tea. Before I get into all my stats, I’d like to introduce myself as a person rather than a student. I am a Vietnamese-American 16 year old girl. I can fluently speak both Vietnamese and English. I’m very family-oriented, especially now as I get older. I love spending time with my family members, like family walks, family movies, or going on trips together. I have 4 baby cousins that I love with my whole heart, watching them grow is amazing, and I want to be someone they can look up to. I live with my grandparents, mom, dad, and sister in a house REALLY close to a forest, or as I like to refer to it, “the jungle.” In my free time I enjoy making YouTube videos, my interest peaked when I was in 3rd grade, and I’ve been making videos as a hobby since then. It’s one of my favorite creative outlets because every video can be different, and they all document my life, my adventures, my experiences. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to curate any videos because my computer that I used for editing is broken.
Moving on, I’m also very musically involved. I went to Oak Park, a music conservatory. I started playing alto saxophone there in the 4th grade and I continue to play today in 10th grade. In fact, we’re learning ‘Uptown Funk,’ and ‘All My Loving’ in band class at school right now. I took private piano lessons for about 7 years. I practice on my own now, using the basics I learned to venture into the piano world on my own. Along with piano, I also really enjoy singing, my pipe dream? Definitely becoming a singer who does world tours, photo shoots, etc.
Now onto some more academic info: I’m currently a sophomore at Crawford High school. I take part in 2 clubs currently, (I’m hoping to join more clubs again when AP testing season is over). I am a Co-President of my class club, and I’m the President of Crawford’s Key Club. I took AP World this year, BY FAR– the hardest class I have ever taken. I’m studying to take my exam in June. I also took Honors Chemistry, Advanced English, and I’m taking Pre-Calculus right now. I was recently informed that I made Top 20 for my class. I also play badminton. I played for about half a season last year at school, and sometimes I play with my family members for leisure activity. I wanted to play tennis this year, along with badminton, unfortunately, COVID hit. My mom didn’t feel safe letting me play sports this year, but I hope next year I can play badminton again and start playing tennis. Fun fact: I didn’t know sports were a thing until middle school. I thought sports were just games you played, like hide-and-seek. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to doing sports again next year.
I endured and overcame many hardships during my childhood, including my dad’s arrest, and my parent’s divorce. These combined events pushed me to the edge of the diving board, and told me “jump.” And so I did, I jumped into maturity at an early age. I learned how to care for myself, as well as my younger sister. Understanding how to react in a high-pressure situation was a given in those circumstances, which I have carried with me. I still know how to handle high-pressure situations. Something I’m very proud of, I must admit.
I aspire to become a doctor or a surgeon. I haven’t quite honed into the specifics of specialties, but I know I want to go medical. As cheesy and generic as it sounds, yes, I want to help people. I believe I can help people the best of my personal abilities going into this profession.
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