As Minh Luu, a BCF intern, steps into a new chapter of his life, he holds the hopes and aspirations of his family

"As a First Generation Student, I have idolized the need for quality education as the key to upward mobility."

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Minh Luu

BCF Intern is a senior at Brophy College Preparatory and interning at the Brophy Community Foundation. He plans to attend the University of Southern California in the fall.

“My parents immigrated to the United States of America in pursuit of a new life, fleeing from their home country because of war. As Vietnamese War Refugees, they had to focus on providing for their new family instead of fulfilling their education.

As a First Generation Student, I have idolized the need for quality education as the key to upward mobility. Through my parent’s sacrifices and the help of the Brophy Community Foundation, I am fortunate to attend Brophy College Preparatory; a community of brothers that have allowed me to grow in my talents, academics, and leadership.

I currently serve as the president of the Asian and Pacific Islander Club and the Editor-in-Chief of the Brophy Literary & Arts Magazine. I organized events that invited community leaders to talk to the club about API identity and heritage. My magazine received the highest national award, REALM, by the National Council of Teachers of English.

BLAM and AP Studio Art allowed me to explore my artistic talents, and I was awarded “Excellence in Art” in the 2023 Brophy Arts Showcase.

One of my favorite experiences while attending Brophy was participating in a student delegation that traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby for legislation with our state representatives. With the assistance of the Brophy Community Foundation, I achieved feats that have developed me into the young man I am today.

Representing the Asian and Pacific islander in the Brophy Fashion Show
In Washington, D.C.
Celebrating my 18th birthday

Every immigrant’s dream is to achieve the American Dream, including my parents. However, they strayed from the typical idea of the American Dream and believed that it was achieved by giving their children a better life than they had.

As I move on from Brophy, I step into a bookmarked chapter in my life, a chapter unread and placed by my parents for me to read. In the Fall, I will attend the University of Southern California to study Biological Sciences, reflecting my curiosity for the sciences. With my studies, I aspire to be a Dermatology Physician Assistant. I will be forever indebted to my parents for their support and love, and with my matriculation at the University of Southern California, I will prove that my parents’ hard work and sacrifices were never in vain.

– Minh Luu, Brophy College Prep ’24

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