Thang Ryan NguyenforWPThang “Ryan” Nguyen has a story of courage and perseverance. Three years ago, when Nguyen moved to the United States from Vietnam, he couldn’t communicate well in English. Not letting the language hold him back, Nguyen offered to tutor his classmates in math and science – subjects in which he excelled – in exchange for English lessons.

Today, he pursues his goals with the same willpower and grit. The marketing major is a member of the Corporate Mentor Program and works part-time as an undergraduate assistant in the College of Business Marketing Department. He is also a member of USF’s National Student Advertising Competition team, a mix of mass communications and business students who work together to create an integrated marketing campaign for a national sponsor. The strenuous, year-long project requires students to conduct research, establish strategies, anticipate return on investment, determine creative, and pitch their campaign.

Additionally, Nguyen is president of Enactus, a business student organization that launched the Suit-A-Bull program, which offers business suits to USF students going to interviews and career fairs. Enactus helped New Beginnings of Tampa, a charity serving the homeless, save $12,000 in ongoing expenses and bring $6,000 in new revenue through a golf tournament. Under his leadership, Enactus made it to its national competition; Nguyen will carry the Florida flag in the opening ceremony.