Spotlight: Chelsea Nguyen

Chelsea Nguyen, 12, posing for a photo announcing her acceptance to Duke University
Chelsea Nguyen, 12, posing for a photo announcing her acceptance to Duke University
(Credit: Chelsea Nguyen)

Chelsea Nguyen is a Senior here at Mill Creek, and has recently been accepted to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Duke ranks number seven out of the Top ten universities in the country. She not only received an acceptance to Duke, but she was also granted a full-ride scholarship to Duke as well.

Chelsea Nguyen, Senior at Mill Creek High School (Credit: Chelsea Nguyen)

In her free time, she participates in orchestra, martial arts, and tutoring as a part-time job. Nguyen enjoys making music with others in orchestra and finding friends through that extracurricular. Tutoring is also something she loves because it gives her a different mindset of others, especially those who are younger than her and have a different background. She is a part of National Honors Society and is president of Math Honors Society here at Mill Creek. She is very passionate about her activities and advises freshman to, “Do what makes you happy.” Despite Nguyen’s busy schedule, she says she enjoys those activities and has fun doing them.

Nguyen is very excited about going to college and meeting new people, but says it’s scary as well. She chose for her major to be prospect of math, but when asked about her major, she said, “I’m set in the math major, mostly because I want to be a math professor, but I honestly feel like my major will change when I’m in college.” Nguyen likes the idea of teaching younger students and helping them find themselves through academics. Her part-time job as a tutor has given her plenty of experience with tutoring as well. “No matter what I do, I’m going to find something that makes me happy.”

When asked how she would describe high school, she said, “I would say Mill Creek is very diverse, there are niches for everyone and with all of the clubs you can find people that you generally get along with.” She took EPIC classes and ten AP classes. She also took part in EPIC classes and mostly enjoyed the creativity she was given.

Although Duke was her second choice, she is glad to be attending there in the fall. “They have tons of opportunities, the campus is beautiful, and all the people are different.” She received a full-ride scholarship through a program called QuestBridge. Her top choices for college were Emory, Duke, Vanderbilt, and MIT. “I think Duke would be really good for me because of the work hard, play hard aspect of it.” She is visiting Duke in March, and loves how Duke is passionate about education and having fun outside of the party scene. “I’m so glad I’m going to a school where I don’t have to worry about any debt.”  Nguyen has worked hard for this achievement by doing the things she loves and sticking to it. She is hard working, ambitious, and passionate about her classes and extracurriculars. Her role model is her mother, “She’s always the one to telling me to keep going and to believe in myself.


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