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I am a young "Self-awareness" startup founder dedicated to personalized education. My educational philosophy is: "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb trees, it will believe it is stupid.” Yes, I believe self-awareness could change the world, and that every child deserves a personalized education that respects and cultivates their uniqueness. Throughout the past 3 years, I have been realizing that startup idea from scratch. It is the first Game-based and Project-based learning application; and the first solution to help students develop their unique personalities, abilities, and passions. Ultimately, I aim at pioneering Vietnamese personalized education and Southeast Asia's leading Edtech startup in 10 years. To reach that goal, I have further developed an interdisciplinary knowledge of Entrepreneurship - Education - Technology. Apart from being the Startup Knowledge director of UpYouth incubator for young entrepreneurs, I have expanded my expertise by conducting scientific research (SCOPUS Q1 journal) on the application of CCTV in controlling school violence; and being a multinational advocate between UNESCO and the Vietnamese Ministry of Education. Moreover, I also weekly volunteer to teach mountainous students English, soft skills, etc and eventually realize that the art of teaching is to empower students to learn, after all. To conclude, I will continue my one and only purpose - to empower the next generation to believe in their uniqueness, to dream to their fullest, and not let anyone packages them in the box of "impossible".

Education

Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute

Bachelor's degree program
2022 - 2026
  • Majors:
    • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
    • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
  • Minors:
    • Computer Science

Northstar High School

High School
2018 - 2021

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
    • Marketing
    • Finance and Financial Management Services
    • Education, General
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Education

    • Dream career goals:

      Company founder

    • Educational Project Coordinator

      UNESCO
      2021 – Present3 years
    • Startup Knowledge director

      Upyouth Tech entrepreneur Ecosystem
      2018 – 20202 years
    • Program manager

      ABROADER - internship and culture exchanges opportunities for college students
      2020 – Present4 years
    • Investor analysis

      Thinkzone venture capital
      2021 – Present3 years
    • Co-founder

      EDUCITY startup
      2020 – Present4 years
    • Marketing & Partnership manager

      Vietnamese wildlife protection and sustainability development
      2019 – 20212 years
    • R&D and Partnership executive

      Vietnamese Ministry of Education
      2019 – Present5 years

    Sports

    Cross-Country Running

    Varsity
    2022 – Present2 years

    Awards

    • Best runner of the Doing incredible running competition

    Kung Fu

    Varsity
    2016 – Present8 years

    Awards

    • Second Prize on the Internation traditional martial arts competition

    Research

    • Educational Administration and Supervision

      Miyork organization (Youth lab for social innovation) — Co-author
      2021 – Present

    Arts

    • Vietnamese youth movement organization

      Dance
      Opening ceremony for ASEAN Olympic, Street dance Vietnam competition, Empowering youth national events
      2017 – Present

    Public services

    • Advocacy

      Vietnamese wildlife protection and sustainability development — Advocacy
      2020 – 2022
    • Public Service (Politics)

      Vietnamese Ministry of education — Researcher and policy advisor
      2021 – Present
    • Volunteering

      TALK+ organization - education for rural children — Project manager
      2019 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Phat Quang Quyen martial art club — Teacher and organizerr
      2016 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    A flood has taken my parents from me - a typical flood that takes thousands of lives in my village every year. The loss was unbearable for a 14-year-old. It soon made me into a dark, depressed, and hopeless person. I felt nauseous frequently and a forever heaviness upon my back. Sometimes, I felt empty. However, sometimes, I even could not endure the repetitive sound of water dripping through the wall and the sticky feeling down my feet – the signature of our home that I had once gotten used to. I hated my seashore village. Why did it always lack everything that normal people would usually take for granted? As time passed, I entered high school and be a high achiever. However, learning was literally driven by the desperation to get out of that village and run away from the past. Still, there is a good side of knowing better: I learned about a just world where everyone has their own legacy and shortage. My village may be short on food and safety, but it will never run out of love and sharing. It also teaches me the resilience to achieve my academic excellence today. Moreover, losing my parents at a young age is equivalent to receiving their legacy earlier than others, as I learn to appreciate every little lesson they have taught me, from sharing food with poorer people to their forever positive attitude towards life. Those little but precious things are usually taken for granted by those "normal people" that I used to envy. Isn't that their own shortage? As a result, I decided to stop blaming the past, appreciate the little things that I currently have, and stay selfless. Therefore, I sought mental support, stayed, and helped my village, regardless of my opportunity in other developed countries. I tried to strengthen living conditions for my village by innovating flood-resistant houses, raising funds and human resources to build a strong flood rescue team so that children no longer lose their parents. However, above all, the most significant support empowering me to go that far is my parents' largest legacy: their forever trust and hope for a greater potential of "me" than what I could have ever thought. Living in darkness prevents me from seeing the light in myself. Similarly, living in a village where people have struggled with flooding for too long, all the villagers can think of is how to survive during flood season. That is also the case with the children here: It is difficult to see they dream of anything else, talk about what they want to do in the future, not to mention actively and passionately learning. Even if they do, not every kind of passion will be appreciated. It seems like learning is just an obligation, and the words "future" and "passion" have never existed in education. Above all, I was the luckiest girl empowered by my parents to dream big to my fullest potential. Ultimately, I have realized: Students lack (1) Self-awareness of their unique passions, capacities, and characteristics, as well as a (2) Personalized education that cultivates those. Therefore, I found EDUCITY startup - a game-based learning application for secondary students on self-awareness that dedicates to personalized education. It also helps students learn soft skills and discover social knowledge outside classrooms. In the short term, I will gather a team of content designers (education, psychology), artists, and coders to create an actual product. Also, I will pursue a double degree in Education and Entrepreneurship to develop my expertise. My long-term career goal is to pioneer personalized education. As a business manager, I will lead EDUCITY to an EDtech market leader in 2030. As an educational change-maker, EDUCITY's self-awareness system will provide a fully-developed database on customized curriculums and development plans for each student. This framework will act as the first step towards officially adopting personalized education in the national school system - my ultimate goal. In conclusion, my journey with my mental illness has shaped me into who I am today: an educational change-maker who fights for the most unique value in each person. When they are in their darkness, I will be the light.
    WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
    A flood has taken my parents from me - a typical flood that takes thousands of lives in my village every year. The loss was unbearable for a 14-year-old. It soon made me into a dark, depressed, and hopeless person. I felt nauseous frequently and a forever heaviness upon my back. Sometimes, I felt empty. However, sometimes, I even could not endure the repetitive sound of water dripping through the wall and the sticky feeling down my feet – the signature of our home that I had once gotten used to. I hated my seashore village. Why did it always lack everything that normal people would usually take for granted? As time passed, I entered high school and be a high achiever. However, learning was literally driven by the desperation to get out of that village and run away from the past. Still, there is a good side of knowing better: I learned about a just world where everyone has their own legacy and shortage. My village may be short on food and safety, but it will never run out of love and sharing. It also teaches me the resilience to achieve my academic excellence today. Moreover, losing my parents at a young age is equivalent to receiving their legacy earlier than others, as I learn to appreciate every little lesson they have taught me, from sharing food with poorer people to their forever positive attitude towards life. Those little but precious things are usually taken for granted by those "normal people" that I used to envy. Isn't that their own shortage? As a result, I decided to stop blaming the past, appreciate the little things that I currently have, and stay selfless. Therefore, I sought mental support, stayed, and helped my village, regardless of my opportunity in other developed countries. I tried to strengthen living conditions for my village by innovating flood-resistant houses, raising funds and human resources to build a strong flood rescue team so that children no longer lose their parents. However, above all, the most significant support empowering me to go that far is my parents' largest legacy: their forever trust and hope for a greater potential of "me" than what I could have ever thought. Living in darkness prevents me from seeing the light in myself. Similarly, living in a village where people have struggled with flooding for too long, all the villagers can think of is how to survive during flood season. That is also the case with the children here: It is difficult to see they dream of anything else, talk about what they want to do in the future, not to mention actively and passionately learning. Even if they do, not every kind of passion will be appreciated. It seems like learning is just an obligation, and the words "future" and "passion" have never existed in education. Above all, I was the luckiest girl empowered by my parents to dream big to my fullest potential. Ultimately, I have realized: Students lack (1) Self-awareness of their unique passions, capacities, and characteristics, as well as a (2) Personalized education that cultivates those. Therefore, I found EDUCITY startup - a game-based learning application for secondary students on self-awareness that dedicates to personalized education. It also helps students learn soft skills and discover social knowledge outside classrooms. In the short term, I will gather a team of content designers (education, psychology), artists, and coders to create an actual product. Also, I will pursue a double degree in Education and Entrepreneurship to develop my expertise. My long-term career goal is to pioneer personalized education. As a business manager, I will lead EDUCITY to an EDtech market leader in 2030. As an educational change-maker, EDUCITY's self-awareness system will provide a fully-developed database on customized curriculums and development plans for each student. This framework will act as the first step towards officially adopting personalized education in the national school system - my ultimate goal. In conclusion, my journey with my mental illness has shaped me into who I am today: an educational change-maker who fights for the most unique value in each person. When they are in their darkness, I will be the light.
    LiveYourDash Entrepreneurs Scholarship
    “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Everyone is unique. But look at what we have done with our children: “I do not know what to do with my life” “School forces me to study hard in every subject to get a good job in the future.” “I am tired of math, why would she not let me live with my artistic passion?” I have always believed in an individual's uniqueness. I loved interacting with and understanding a person as who they really are rather than the labels imposed on them. That is exactly the case with education. Schools, with their theoretical approach and limited resource, could not respect and cultivate each individual's uniqueness. Learning seems like an obligation: students do not know what they are learning for, or the meaning of learning. It is hard for students to know who they want to be in the future; even if they do, not every kind of passion will be appreciated. Even external career orientation service is also misleading: It focuses solely on "career" prospects while ignoring helping students develop self-awareness of their personality, ability, and passion. My love for individuality and the problem with the existing education has inspired me to pursue entrepreneurship. No matter how much money it can make, the core value of entrepreneurship still lies in its user-centric rule: Always start with users' problems, talk with users, and befriend users to really understand their deep-down needs. Throughout my 3-year startup journey, I have talked with 100 parents and students to pioneer personalized education. I dug deep into their everyday lives and help them realize the problem of self-awareness that they have not even noticed before. It really excited me to build something that customizes to each person that I had the luck to interact with - a real solution that can make their lives easier. Moreover, entrepreneurship is the most powerful and innovative tool to make changes in the world. It breaks any past limits and keeps amazed people with something they did not think they needed. Therefore, I found EDUCITY startup - a game-based learning application for secondary students on self-awareness that dedicates to personalized education. It also helps students learn soft skills and discover social knowledge outside classrooms. I have already gathered a team of content designers (education, psychology), artists, and coders to create an actual product. in the short term, I will pursue a double degree in Education and Entrepreneurship to develop my expertise. I will learn about the science of learning with many innovative principles such as active learning, passion-based learning,… in connection with self-awareness personalized education. Also, I would use my experience and networking in the business major to start EDUCITY from scratch and gradually scale up to impact millions of students. My long-term career goal is to pioneer personalized education. As a business manager, I will lead EDUCITY to an EDtech market leader in 2030. As an educational change-maker, EDUCITY's self-awareness system will provide a fully-developed database of an individual’s personality, abilities, and passion, which helps build a personalized way of learning for each individual, whether slow-paced or picture-oriented, and even a personal development plan customized to each individual’s passion and goal. This framework will help me reach my ultimate goal of officially adopting personalized education in the national school system. All in all, although entrepreneurship is a hard route to take, I will bravely step on it anyway to make the change I want to see in the world.
    Bold Future of Education Scholarship
    “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” Everyone is unique. But look at what we have done with our children: “I do not know what to do with my life” “School forces me to study hard in every single subject.” “I am tired of math, why would my teacher not let me live with my artistic passion?” Do you know that school kills passion and creativity with its theoretical approach? Learning seems like an obligation: students do not know what they are learning for, or the meaning and beauty of learning. It is hard to know who they want to be in the future; even if they do, not every kind of passion will be appreciated. Moreover, a misleading career-orientation market further compounds this problem: It focuses solely on "career" prospects while ignoring self-awareness (e.g., the Holland career test is poorly multiple-choice questions). Consequently, this problem may lead to a lack of diverse and high-quality human resources for society, with 40% of talent and potential being wasted. Ultimately: Students lack (1) Self-awareness of their unique passions, capacities, and characteristics; and a (2) Personalized education that cultivates those. In search of solutions, research has pointed out the power of personalized education in helping students develop self-awareness (Jessica DeMink-Carthew, Steven Netcoh & Katy Farber, 2020), with three major changes: Firstly, schools should organize Genius hour (Denise Krebs & Gallit Zvi, 2020). Genius hour (sometimes called "passion pursuit") is a project-based learning practice that allows pupils to choose what they learn and even create during a fixed school time in order to give students opportunities to explore their passions and demonstrate creativity. Given enough freedom and guidance, students could experiment with project proposals and presentations, then gradually develop into the change-makers of what they want to see in the community. Secondly, educators should not only teach but also start to learn about students – their unique personalities, abilities, and interests. They could do this by collecting and analyzing a database on students’ learning behavior such as different motivations, speed and teaching method preferences… while also actively helping students reflect on their learning self-awareness. This method would enforce active learning among students and more close-knit bonds with their teachers. Thirdly, there should be an improvement and, in the best scenario, collaboration with schools, from the career-orientation market. With the current dominance of career-test services that inhibit real-life career exploration, there should be more experience-based solutions such as career camps, XR & Game-based career stimulation, etc. Furthermore, self-awareness innovations in this market (ex: personalized AI tutors) could be well integrated into the official school setting to maximize productivity and effectiveness. In conclusion, we should adopt personalized education to raise students’ self-awareness, active learning, and passion-based learning. Several methods suggested include Genius hours, self-awareness tracking systems, and more technology-based innovations from the career-orientation market. Let students be the center of learning!
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    A flood has taken my parents from me - a typical flood that takes thousands of lives in my village every year. The loss was unbearable for a 14-year-old. It soon made me into a dark, depressed, and hopeless person. I felt nauseous frequently and a forever heaviness upon my back. Sometimes, I felt empty. However, sometimes, I even could not endure the repetitive sound of water dripping through the wall and the sticky feeling down my feet – the signature of our home that I had once gotten used to. I hated my seashore village. Why did it always lack everything that normal people would usually take for granted? As time passed, I entered high school and be a high achiever. However, learning was literally driven by the desperation to get out of that village and run away from the past. Still, there is a good side of knowing better: I learned about a just world where everyone has their own legacy and shortage. My village may be short on food and safety, but it will never run out of love and sharing. It also teaches me the resilience to achieve my academic excellence today. Moreover, losing my parents at a young age is equivalent to receiving their legacy earlier than others, as I learn to appreciate every little lesson they have taught me, from sharing food with poorer people to their forever positive attitude towards life. Those little but precious things are usually taken for granted by those "normal people" that I used to envy. Isn't that their own shortage? As a result, I decided to stop blaming the past, appreciate the little things that I currently have, and stay selfless. Therefore, I sought mental support, stayed, and helped my village, regardless of my opportunity in other developed countries. I tried to strengthen living conditions for my village by innovating flood-resistant houses, raising funds and human resources to build a strong flood rescue team so that children no longer lose their parents. However, above all, the most significant support emporering me to go that far is my parents' largest legacy: their forever trust and hope for a greater potential of "me" than what I could have ever thought. Living in darkness prevents me from seeing the light in myself. Similarly, living in a village where people have struggled with flooding for too long, all the villagers can think of is how to survive during flood season. That is also the case with the children here: It is difficult to see they dream of anything else, talk about what they want to do in the future, not to mention actively and passionately learning. Even if they do, not every kind of passion will be appreciated. It seems like learning is just an obligation, and the words "future" and "passion" have never existed in education. Above all, I was the luckiest girl empowered by my parents to dream big to my fullest potential. Ultimately, I have realized: Students lack (1) Self-awareness of their unique passions, capacities, and characteristics, as well as a (2) Personalized education that cultivates those. Therefore, I found EDUCITY startup - a game-based learning application for secondary students on self-awareness that dedicates to personalized education. It also helps students learn soft skills and discover social knowledge outside classrooms. In the short term, I will gather a team of content designers (education, psychology), artists, and coders to create an actual product. Also, I will pursue a double degree in Education and Entrepreneurship to develop my expertise. My long-term career goal is to pioneer personalized education. As a business manager, I will lead EDUCITY to an EDtech market leader in 2030. As an educational change-maker, EDUCITY's self-awareness system will provide a fully-developed database on customized curriculums and development plans for each student. This framework will act as the first step towards officially adopting personalized education in the national school system - my ultimate goal. In conclusion, my journey with my mental illness has shaped me into who I am today: an educational change-maker who fights for the most unique value in each person. When they are in their darkness, I will be the light.
    Carlos F. Garcia Muentes Scholarship
    A flood has taken my parents from me - a typical flood that takes thousands of lives in my village every year. I hated my village. Why did it always lack everything that normal people would usually take for granted? As time passed, I studied hard to get out of this village. However, things changed when I realized that those bad things in my life turned out to be gifts if I chose to stop blaming the past, appreciate the little things that I currently have, and stay selfless. My village may be short on food and safety, but it will never run out of love and sharing. It also teaches me the resilience to achieve my academic excellence today. Moreover, losing my parents at a young age is equivalent to receiving their legacy earlier than others, as I learn to appreciate every little lesson they have taught me, from sharing food with poorer people to their forever positive attitude towards life. Those little but precious things are usually taken for granted by those "normal people" that I used to envy. Isn't that their own shortage? This lesson has instilled in me a belief in a just world where everyone has their own legacy and shortage, and that an underprivileged child like me should also pay back and contribute to the community. Therefore, I have stayed and helped my village, regardless of my opportunity in other developed countries. I tried to strengthen living conditions for my village by innovating flood-resistant houses, raising funds and human resources to build a strong flood rescue team so that children no longer lose their parents. However, the most significant legacy from my parents is their forever trust and hope for a greater potential of "me" than what I have ever thought. Living in a village where people have struggled with flooding for too long, all we can think of is how to survive during flood season. That is also the case with the children here: It is difficult to see they dream of anything else, talk about what they want to do in the future, not to mention actively and passionately learning. Even if they do, not every kind of passion will be appreciated. It seems like learning is just an obligation, and the words "future" and "passion" have never existed in education. Above all, I was the luckiest girl empowered by my parents to dream big to my fullest potential. Ultimately, I have realized: Students lack (1) Self-awareness of their unique passions, capacities, and characteristics, as well as a (2) Personalized education that cultivates those. Therefore, I found EDUCITY startup - a game-based learning application for secondary students on self-awareness that dedicates to personalized education. It also helps students learn soft skills and discover social knowledge outside classrooms. In the short term, I will gather a team of content designers (education, psychology), artists, and coders to create an actual product. Also, I will pursue a double degree in Education and Entrepreneurship to develop my expertise. My long-term career goal is to pioneer personalized education. As a business manager, I will lead EDUCITY to an EDtech market leader in 2030. As an educational change-maker, EDUCITY's self-awareness system will provide a fully-developed database on customized curriculums and development plans for each student. This framework will act as the first step towards officially adopting personalized education in the national school system - my ultimate goal. "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
    Bold Selfless Acts Scholarship
    A flood has taken my parents from me - a normal flood that takes thousands of lives in my village every year. I hated my village. Why did it always lack everything that normal people would usually take for granted? As time passed, I studied hard to get out of this village. However, things changed when I realized that those bad things in my life turned out to be gifts if I chose to stop blaming the past, appreciate the little things that I currently have, and stay selfless. My village may be short on food and safety, but it will never run out of love and sharing. It also teaches me the resilience to achieve my academic excellence today. Moreover, losing my parents at a young age is equivalent to receiving their legacy earlier than others. I will never forget every tiny lesson that they have taught me, from sharing food with poorer people to their forever positive attitude towards life. Those little but precious things are the things that a lot of "normal people" are also taking for granted. Isn't that their own shortage? Accepting and embracing my own life, I desire to stay and help my village, despite objections that I am wasting my opportunity in those developed countries. Now, I still suffer from a shabby, dripping shelter. However, I am making little effort to strengthen living conditions for my village, by researching and innovating flood-resistant houses, sharing optimism, and raising funds and human resources to build a strong flood rescue team so that children no longer lose their parents... In the end, it does not matter whether you are poor or rich, accepting your life will forever be your most generous legacy, and staying selfless will make both your life and others better.
    Bold Career Goals Scholarship
    “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - This is my educational philosophy. Do you know that school kills passion and creativity with its theoretical approach? It is hard for students to know who they want to be in the future; even if they do, not every kind of passion will be appreciated. With limited time and resources, education has failed to cultivate each student’s unique personality, abilities, and passions. I want to solve the problem by helping students realize and develop their unique values to the fullest. Therefore, I came up with a game-based learning application called EDUCITY for secondary students on self-awareness, but not by multiple-choice questions like the MBTI 16 personalities test, but by real and fun in-game experiences. It also helps students learn soft skills and discover social knowledge outside classrooms. In short term, I will gather a team of content designers (education, psychology), artists, and coders to create a real product. Also, I will pursue a double degree in Education and Entrepreneurship to develop my expertise. My career goal is to scale up this EDUCITY startup to impact millions of students. As a business manager, I will create strategies, for example, in terms of growth, fundraising or partnership… to take EDUCITY to an EDtech market leader in 2030. As an educational change-maker, I will further develop the self-awareness startup into a personalized education, by providing a database and framework on students’ characteristics to build a customized curriculum or even a comprehensive development pathway. My ultimate career goal is to work with all secondary schools in Vietnam and adopt self-awareness and personalized learning in the whole educational system itself.
    Bold Wisdom Scholarship
    "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb trees, it will believe it is stupid.” - This is my educational philosophy. However, let me tell you the story of another fish - a fish good at climbing trees. Will it believe it is smart for its whole life? Before I studied hard for the National Olympiad, I had just ended the TALK+ project, ironically, knowing that our 300 students' lives would remain unchanged after all. “Successful”, as we concluded our soft-skill classes, was our defense for leaving the deep-rooted problem behind: it was not about soft skills, it was the inherited cycle of being farmers that discouraged children's passion and growth. Actually, “successful” was MY defense for leaving: to continue the National Olympiad was to safely continue the compliments while avoiding criticism. Yes, I used to label myself as “an excellent student” - my shelter to avoid failure. But…“What were their passions? What was mine?” – my question to Vietnamese education. Then, I found the answer in a saying from ACKY-san - a 47-year-old Japanese passionate and inspiring dancer: “Maybe I failed this battle, but after watching my performance, others will win.” Those words totally changed how I perceived failure. Instead of avoiding it, I would embrace it. Eventually, I dropped the National Olympiad, dropped my label to pursue my startup on Personalized education that cultivates children's uniqueness and passion. …"I am indeed good at climbing trees... But it is ok”. Then, she left the good old tree and entered the unknown ocean where she truly belongs. She may fail, but learning to swim is what fish do! Ultimately, the sentence that I want to share is: The true wisdom lies in accepting our shortness, our failures to keep exploring the unknown world!
    Bold Know Yourself Scholarship
    "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb trees, it will believe it is stupid.” - This is my educational philosophy. However, let me tell you the story of another fish - a fish good at climbing trees. Will it believe it is smart for its whole life? Before I studied hard for the National Olympiad, I had just ended the TALK+ project, ironically, knowing that our 300 students' lives would remain unchanged after all. “Successful”, as we concluded our soft-skill classes, was our defense for leaving the deep-rooted problem behind: it was not about soft skills, it was the inherited cycle of being farmers that discouraged the children's passion and growth. Actually, “successful” was MY defense for leaving: to continue the National Olympiad was to safely continue the compliments while avoiding criticism. Yes, I used to label myself as “an excellent student” - my shelter to avoid failure. But…“What were their passions? What was mine?” – my question to Vietnamese education. Then, I found the answer in Street dance with a 47-year-old Japanese dancer, ACKY-san. His passion and his loss to his student in his own battle… all gave the surrounded young generation hopes in making that little-known culture known. “Maybe I failed this battle, but after watching my performance, others will win.” - said ACKY-san. Those words totally changed how I perceived failure. Instead of avoiding it, I would embrace it. Eventually, I dropped the National Olympiad, dropped my label to pursue my startup on Personalized education that cultivates children's uniqueness and passion. …"I am indeed good at climbing trees... But it is ok”. Then, she left the good old tree and entered the unknown ocean where she truly belongs. She may fail, but learning to swim is what fish do!