Hello! My name is Pa Vang. I was born and raised in Michigan. I am an undergraduate student studying Anthropology at Michigan State University. My first and part of my second year I was a Human Biology/Pre-Med major. I switched to Biosystem Engineering for about a semester. It wasn’t until the end of my second year that I declared Anthropology as my major. The first course I took at MSU was an 8:30am Anthropology (ANP 270: Women & Hlth Anthro Intl Persp) course taught by Dr. Howard. I fell in love with the topic and knew I had explore more into Anthropology.

My hobbies include scrapbooking, polymer clay making, graphic design, and anything that involves being creative. I enjoy surfing the web for interesting news article to read. My favorites are the Business Insider, Discovery News, and Yahoo. On my free time, I enjoy spending it with my two younger brothers.

My values revolve around family, service, and education. I think the biggest support system is often family, close friends, and mentors. These three things have gotten me far in life and I cherish all the support I can get from those who believe in me. Growing up in poverty, I was fortunate enough to have a little community center to help me with homework, learn computer skills, and have field trips. The field trips involved going to museums, participating in parades, going to the beach, etc. So being raised around the services of non-profits it has shaped me to give back to others and my community. My parents came to the United States for a better life. My father was a teacher in the refugee camp and valued education. But due to a large family he had to drop out of college to take care of my siblings and I. I find education important because it leads way to opportunities and knowledge, something my father saw as important but was never able to cross the finish line. My father often says, “the hardest part of education is K through 12th grade,” implying that college was somehow easier than primary school.

My goal is to continue my studies in Anthropology and UX in the field of technology to improve products and service for communities in poverty around the world. By merging these fields of study, I hope to understand how products and services can be re/designed to best serve the needs-of-people most-in-need.