Charter Alumni Spotlight: Huy Tran
January 03, 2022
Each month, the GVSU Charter Schools Office spotlights a GVSU student who graduated from a GVSU-authorized charter public school.
This month, we are pleased to introduce you to Huy Tran. Huy completed his undergraduate studies at GVSU in December, where he studied Marketing and Supply Chain Management. He also graduated from Grand River Preparatory High School before coming to Grand Valley.
Outside of his schoolwork, Huy dedicated his time to a few things. He interned with the Vietnamese Cultural Association and was on their executive board for three years. Huy was also a purchasing intern for JR Automation.
Before graduating, Huy was able to take some time out of his day to share his experiences about his time at Grand River Preparatory High School and Grand Valley State University.
Tell us about your time at Grand River Prep High School. What did you like about Grand River Prep High School?
I really enjoyed the connections between everyone there, including the teachers. They are really there for you when you need them. They always pushed you to do your best and provided ample encouragement and support. It felt more like family than being a student. They also made it a priority that the purpose of everything that was done was known. I met great friends and teachers. With it being a small high school, I was able to get to know everyone in my school. My overall experience was great.
What advice would you give to current students at Grand River Prep High School who are preparing for life after high school?
The advice that I would have would be to go for any opportunities that present themselves to you. Make sure to take advantage of all that is given to you.
When did you first learn about GVSU? What did you like about the university?
The first time I visited was during a 6th-grade field trip. I liked how small the school was but it also gives you a university environment feel. Since I was coming so often because of the visits, I developed a connection knowing this is where I wanted to be.
What did you enjoy about GVSU?
Besides classes, I have met so many people from different backgrounds and cultures. Building connections really helped me to build my network for my future. It took some time to get adjusted and get out of my comfort zone but I am glad I got used to it and I am happy I chose GVSU.
If you could choose one thing to be the most beneficial tool that you have received while attending Grand Valley, what would it be?
The most beneficial tool would be Grand Valley’s advising, specifically at the Seidman College of Business. It really helped with my path and what I should do. I felt comfortable asking for help. I also considered them to be the most valuable as well.
What type of goals do you have for yourself after graduation?
Because supply chain has many different areas, I would like to try them all for experience before specifically deciding what I want for my career. However, I definitely want to start my own business one day in the future.
What is something you’ve accomplished that you are really proud of, whether it occurred at Grand River Prep High School or GVSU?
One of my biggest accomplishments was the opportunity to serve as co-president for Vietnamese Cultural Association during the pandemic. I really went out of way to come up with ideas to keep the organization going. Working together with the executive board was amazing because it was all about being flexible and trying something new.
What is one piece of advice that you received from a GVSU faculty/staff/ or mentor that will forever stick with you?
The best advice that I received was to just enjoy time in college, it will go by quick. You still have time while you are in college but once you start working it is hard to find a social balance. Take advantage of the time you have now.