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Billiken Profiles: Yennhi Phan

When Saint Louis University sophomore Yennhi Phan isn't in class (she's majoring in neuroscience and Spanish), you might find her practicing piano or cello or spot her on the quad with a sketchbook. 

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Yennhi Phan (photo by Sarah Conroy)

Year: Junior

Major: Neuroscience (pre-med) and Spanish 

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri 

Clubs and Organizations: Asian American Association, Vietnamese Student Association, American Physician Scientists Association, Student Government Association, Sustainability Committee, Physician Scientists Association, Pre-Health Ambassador Program, Forte, Biology Research, Chamber Orchestra

Why I Chose SLU

 SLU is one of the best institutions in the area in terms of academic and social opportunities. As a pre-med student I wanted to find a university that offers their students unconditional support throughout their journey.

When I realized how many people I could turn to in times of need, it made me realize how fortunate I was to have SLU bring together such amazing people. Surrounding myself with amazing people reassures me that I made the right choice. 

Highlights of my Academic Experience

The best part about SLU with regards to academics has to be the professors. All of my professors have been so passionate about their area of expertise while being support systems for students. I can easily tell the faculty here is accomplished, intelligent, and encouraging.

What's Cool About My Major

Something cool about studying neuroscience at SLU is being able to go into classes that you are deeply interested and passionate about. For neuroscience especially, all of the major-specific classes sound so cool and engaging (like dissecting brains)!

Campus Experiences

My favorite part of SLU’s campus is having days where you run into so many people you know but also find some days where you meet so many new strangers. Even with our comparatively small class size, there are so many people to meet but a lot of people to be familiar with. 

Something I Love About St. Louis Is ...

Saint Louis offers so many opportunities in terms of internships, shadowing, and networking. I have had many great experiences shadowing in the highly esteemed hospitals of St. Louis as well as work in some clinics. 

My Favorite SLU Tradition

Welcome week has to be my favorite tradition. After a long summer break all I wanted to do was to go back to my second home — SLU! SLU does an amazing job of welcoming in the incoming class while involving upperclassmen as well. It is a week packed full of awesome activities.

Advice for Your College Search 

Get the most out of your college visits by being proactive. Ask questions, tour the beautiful campuses and be optimistic about visualizing yourself there! Not every college will be a good fit, but stay optimistic about finding the one for you. 

Also — talk to current students! The best way to get a feel for the student body is definitely to go directly to the source: the students! Many of us are very approachable and are willing to help any prospective student in the college search process.


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