Vietnamese student Nam Do ’18 came to the United States to pursue an education at Lycoming that would allow him to explore passions and broaden his horizon. On the cusp of graduating as a marketing major, he decided to pursue a second major in commercial design during his senior year. For Do, exploration is endless, so he returned for a semester following commencement to complete those additional courses.
“I have always been interested in art, but I once could not imagine a future working in an artistic field,” said Do. “This is partly due to my upbringing in a culture where artists are under-appreciated. Then at one point I realized the potential for art to communicate powerful ideas and even influence the culture. Works such as the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue inspire and challenge me to serve greater causes with art and advertising.”
Do is the winner of the 2018 Young Globals Student Competition, sponsored by New York Festivals International, which invites students from the world’s top portfolio, design, and technology schools to build a career in the advertising industry and help agencies transform healthcare advertising. Do’s winning design earned him a summer internship at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness in New York City. He also won first place in a national contest to design the 2018 logo and poster for the annual film festival Tech Doc Fest, based in Seattle.
In Spring 2018, Do participated in a May Term course to Barcelona, Spain, where he visited several historical sites and museums, enjoyed the local customs and cuisine, and compiled an artistic portfolio. “As much as I’d like to think of myself as a true explorer, this trip enabled me to experience so many things that I would not have been able to afford when traveling solo,” he commented, ranking this trip in his top five of the 60+ cities he’s visited so far.
“It took me a long while to finally decide on pursuing art, but Lycoming gave me the freedom to discover my true vocation. I took advantage of the opportunities shared and made possible by the art faculty. There are countless opportunities out there — what’s important is whether one decides to grab them. My journey began when I grabbed the opportunity to study at Lycoming.”