Ming Chi University of Technology
Pham Tran My Dung (Rachel)
My full name is Pham Tran My Dung, but most people call me Rachel. My story started when I was admitted into the Exchange Program for International Students offered by the College of Industrial Design at Ming Chi University of Technology (MCUT), Taiwan. This program was for final-year students to fully complete graduation between my university and the partner university – MCUT. Honestly, I was passionate about getting this great opportunity to experience, broaden my horizon and gain more priceless knowledge of studying abroad. After the exchange program, I decided to apply for a master’s Program at MCUT. I encourage to push myself in unfamiliar places, to do things that I would not normally do. As the matter of fact, my major is Interior Design. However, design is a large field and absolutely, all the majors are connected to each other. I do not mind challenging myself in the different fields of design, therefore, I was applying to a master’s Program of Industrial Design at MCUT.
According to Benjamin Franklin, an investment in knowledge pays the best interest. When it comes to investing, nothing will pay off more than educating yourself. During my master’s years, I had a chance to be a poster designer at Organic Electronics Research Center. Through doing that job, it taught me that the design is not just what it looks like, but also how it works. I have been learned a lot about a new field – Organic Electronics. It allowed me to see the process of making OLED devices. I am very happy with the broad array of experiences I have gained. I have learned so much about how the real world operates. Not only about what I can do with my major, but also soaked up so much knowledge from highly intelligent and successful people. Things such as communication, teamwork, and a positive attitude play such vital roles to the cohesiveness and prosperity of a center. I really appreciate Dr. SHUN-WEI LIU for giving me the opportunity to work at his center as a learning assistant.
I finally graduated in 2019, obtaining the degree of Master of Design. After my graduation, I start working officially as an Administrative Assistant at Organic Electronics Research Center. Looking back, studying in Taiwan was one of the best decisions in my life. Taiwan has a good reputation as advanced education and research. There is not only safe studying environment with the modern facilities but also a multi – cultural atmosphere with the mixture between traditional and modern characters that immediately attracts me. And MCUT is a great place for me to develop myself, make friends and learn more about Taiwanese Culture. I became more independent, more mature, and better at formulating myself during the time living in Taiwan. It gave me many opportunities to interact and work with successful people in society. I step out my comfort zone and looking forward to the challenges ahead. If it does not challenge you, it does not change you. Trust yourself, you are more powerful than you know.