Kaitlynn T. Nguyen          


Springboro High School, Springboro, Ohio

Graduated with Honors and Distinction

4.3 GPA      |      Spring 2017

Bachelor of Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Major: Systems and Behavorial Neuroscience

3.1 GPA     |      Spring 2021 (Expected)


Vietnamese Student Association Collective Philanthropy Chair, Columbus, OH (August 2018-Present)

  • Inform Eboard and general members of what CPP is and what the current beneficiary is
  • Raise awareness about beneficiary and what VSA does as a whole
  • Contact community for sponsorships for the annual culture show

Tutor/Peer Leader at Karl Road Homework Help Center, Columbus, OH (September 2018 – Present)

  • guiding students in underprivileged Columbus schools to find resources to succeed in school
  • provide emotional support and form friendships with the children
  • helping to develop study habits and instill motivation in students (K-12)
  • tutoring in STEM, English, and Social Studies K-12

Mount Leadership Society, Columbus, OH (August 2017 – Present)

  • Created in 1999, MLS is named after Ruth Weimer Mount and is Scholars program composed of students committed to leadership and community service

Media and Archives Committee Chair, Columbus, OH (April 2018 – Present)

  • Trained under university guidelines to properly market and budget for Mount Leadership Society
  • Create graphics, presentations, pamphlets, signs, fliers, etc for MLS events
  • Photograph and maintain 20 years of history and archives
  • Delegation of tasks to three subcommittees
  • Communicate with Scholars program coordinator via formal weekly reports and plan weekly committee meetings

Volunteer Swim Coach, Springboro, OH (August 2014 – 2018)

  • lead group of kids with mental and physical disabilities through water activities
  • provide emotional support and form friendships

Patient Ambassador at James at Martha Morehouse Outpatient Care, Columbus, OH (January 2019-present)

  • walking patients to registration and other places in the care center
  • wayfinding and maintaining overall flow of registration area


Hostess at Applebee’s, Springboro, OH (December 2016 – April 2017)

  • Greeted and seated guests and assist servers when needed
  • Maintain dining room flow and guest satisfaction

Sales Associate at J. Crew Factory, Monroe, OH (June 2018 – present; seasonal)

  • Greeted customers, promote sales and specials, and sell merchandise
  • Cashier duties, fill online orders, perform inventory, and general maintenance of store


Ms. Kathy Krajnak

Mount Leadership Society Program Coordinator

College of Arts and Sciences

2125 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210

Artifact 1

My culture and ethnic background has always been a part of my life, but it has never been at the forefront. I was born and raised in a predominately white, suburban city with very limited diversity. This has caused me to grow very distant from my Vietnamese background, and in a way, reject it. This is something that I have made a conscious effort to change during my college experience. My older cousins were both heavily involved in the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) at their school and it gave them the foundation for many of their lifelong friends. When I came to OSU, I knew that I wanted to get involved in VSA and I have thoroughly enjoyed it thus far. For my first artifact, I chose an áo dài, which is a traditional dress representative of Vietnamese culture. Since joining VSA, I have been motivated to speak more Vietnamese when talking to my parents. Through doing this, I already feel more connected to them and my grandparents. The áo dái reminds me of when I was younger and would travel to Vietnam to celebrate the new year. Now, it reminds me of my roots and why I should try to stay connected to them. This is why I chose an áo dài as my first artifact.

About Me

My name is Kait Nguyen. I am a first year majoring in neuroscience on a pre-med path and I am also part of Mount Leadership Scholars. In high school, I was very involved in community service and held various leadership positions in National Honor Society, Interact Club, and student government. I also clarinet in the marching band and ran track and field. I was, and still am, passionate about helping those with mental and/or physical disabilities. As a volunteer swim coach, I had the opportunity to teach elementary age kids with disabilities how to swim. When not in class, I enjoy painting, music, running, and spending time with friends. I like every kind of music, from rap to jazz to country. Thanks for reading!


The GOALS created by the honors college are a great outline of ways I should get involved while studying at Ohio State. Through global awareness, I can become more well versed and prepared to communicate with people from all walks of life. The ESHESA class taken with Mount Leadership stresses the importance of being culturally competent and regulating your voice. With original inquiry, I am now in an executive board position with VSA and it has motivated me to think creatively through getting involved with different traditional dance styles, fundraising ideas, and it has brought me more in touch with my parent’s history. With academic enrichment, I am taking classes that directly pertain to my major and they inspire me to think beyond the scope of the classroom. The class encourages students to look at peer review journals that contain content that is not directly covered in lecture. In leadership development, I have taken on the position of Philanthropy Chair in VSA and Media and Archive Co-Chair in Mount. These positions teach me how to collaborate with others and provide a stepping stone to future roles I may have. In service engagement, I will be volunteering at the Karl Road Homework Help Center for ESHESA and Mount. This service-learning allows me to serve alongside the individuals at the Homework Help center and learn from them as well.