Duong "Z" Vo '13

On the Strategy of Life
Duong Vo, known around campus as “Z”, has been a steady problem-solver in the fields of academics, athletics, work, and leisure since he arrived at Green Mountain College. To this end, he found his niche in the College’s IT department in the Griswold Library.

“I really like solving problems, finding ways to improve things,” Duong explains.

Born in Hanoi, Vietnam, he stated that his early Vietnamese education involved a curriculum that focused primarily on math, science, and technology. Duong eventually went to live with an American exchange family in California to attend high school. He knew he wanted to study in the United States at a collegiate level. It was there that his mother’s friends recommended that he attend Green Mountain College.

“It’s a small college, there are a lot of opportunities for people,” Duong adds. “I’ve been involved in a lot of activities.”

Besides working in the IT department, Duong has worked as a resident assistant and finance manager of the coffee house. He is a member of the tennis team, the chess club, International Cultural Center, and serves as a tutor for math, business, economics and PC applications.

During his meager free time, he admits to reading “self-help” books and playing strategy games on his computer. Furthermore, in the chess club Duong is known as unbeatable. To this end, he issues this invitation to the student body: “Any challenges accepted”

Duong is currently studying for his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. Post-graduation, he wants to work for a business in the United States. However, in the future, he plans to move to either Hong Kong or China to become a sustainable business consultant with his own firm. Every college activity, including reading self-help books and online strategy games, has been utilized towards self-improvement to achieve this goal.

“I think in the business world it doesn’t matter what company you are a part of, you always need to compete with other firms,” Duong analyzes. “Strategy is really important, if you can know yourself and know your opponents, you can look at all the factors and predict the other person’s move, just like chess, then you can calculate your own move. It makes it easier to compete.”

Beating out the competition is not the focus of his long-term goals; Duong is planning to achieve something of a more complex nature.

“I hope I can help people,” he concludes.

By Laura Huley '13

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