Nhim Danh

Bachelor’s in Behavioral Sciencenhim_danh

Nhim Danh was whisked out of Viet Nam as a toddler and his family moved thousands of miles to begin a new life in the United States.

That was the beginning of Danh’s incredible journey to success. The toddler who came to this country in the ‘70s grew up and in May earned his Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Purdue University North Central.

He is now attending Indiana University Northwest to pursue his Master’s degree in Social Work.

His amazing life story includes the fact that his family arrived here, they lived in their sponsor’s garage for about a year while his father worked as a school janitor to earn enough money to the family to their own place.

While in Viet Nam, Danh’s Cambodian father, who spoke four languages, was recruited by the United States Army as a translator. That connection helped his family escape the country.

Today, Danh’s future is bright. He intends to become a counselor and eventually relocate to California. He also hopes to spend some time doing some grant writing.

At one time he dabbled in screenwriting because he enjoyed movies and needed an outlet for his creativity.

“I read books about format and structure and then cranked one out. It was terrible,” he admitted. “But the more I wrote, the better I got. I won a bronze award at the Houston International Screenplay Competition in 1997.”

Some time after that, he made an important decision, “I decided to go back to school at PNC at my wife’s urging.”

Even though he held a full-time job in Chicago and left for school immediately after work, he posted straight As in class.

“The teachers at PNC are tremendous. Every professor I had took the time outside class to help me with my course work when I asked for it. Doing well in school really boosted my self confidence,” he said.

“You will be surprised how much you can accomplish if you apply yourself. Geez, I sound like my dad. . . “

But he knows that college can be intimidating to many students and advises those students to take things slowly.

“Take one class at first, with the intention of doing your best. Don’t be like this guy I know at work who keeps finding excuses.”

Danh freely admits that his wife encouraged him to pursue his degree.

“I couldn’t have succeeded without my wife’s amazing support and understanding. She gave me the incentive to earn my degree and begin a new career.”

In retrospect, Danh readily recommends PNC to others. “The small classes encourage you to participate and learn. The faculty is top notch. PNC is close, it’s affordable and the evening classes are convenient for full-time workers. There’s no excuse for not trying PNC.”

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