Phuc "Sean" Tran

Cybersecurity and Forensics 2018

Special Recognition: April 2017 Student of the Month

Semester of anticipated graduation:
Fall 2018

Career goal:
I wish to learn as much as possible in this digital age so I can help support others with the knowledge I will obtain. To accomplish this, I am taking it one bit at a time (pun intended).

Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I was born in Vietnam, and I came to the U.S. when I was 3 years old. “I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, and after high school, I moved Florida in 2006 to help my brother with his business in the salon industry. In 2007, I joined the U.S. Army with a specialization as an x-ray technologist. I traveled the U.S and worked with great people with diverse backgrounds. I deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 before finishing my contract and leaving the service in 2015. A month and a half later, I enrolled at Hodges, as it was the only school in this area to offer the degree I was seeking, which was a bachelor’s in cybersecurity and computer forensics. Since then, I have been involved with the school and its various student-oriented events. Being a student at Hodges, I am able to network and discover opportunities I would not have had known otherwise. I anticipate graduating in fall 2018.

*Learn more about Sean in our blog article, Learning to Thrive.*

What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?

My favorite hobby is socializing with people. I love having an interesting conversation with individuals and learning how they were able to overcome life’s challenges. I also enjoy working out. Not only does it enable me to be physically fit, but I also find working out to be an excellent stress reliever. I like to listen to music and read books not related to coursework.

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
Of all my classes, three of them stood out the most, which are Statistics, Computer Applications and Introduction to Business. In Statistics, I learned the average of the population is mean, so deviate from the norm if you wish to stand out. For Computer Applications, I learned there are no shortcuts to life, but there are keyboard shortcuts, so use those to save time. Introduction to Business is a wonderful class. It taught me the importance of having a plan; if you don’t have a plan, then you plan to fail.

Who are some of your favorite professors and why?
I have enjoyed learning from all of my professors; however, some stood out more than others. I admire Professor Beverly Hall, Professor Jim Nichols and Professor Tracey Lanham for their capability and capacity to handle my advanced curiosity, which at times can be very exorbitant. They were very patient, professional and went above and beyond to mentor me in their areas of expertise.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I have faced is time management because life is a balancing act. There is so much to do, but we are limited in the number of hours each day. Prioritization of tasks was my method of managing time. You have to make the most of your time. You have to make your time count.

What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you?
I will be the first in my family to get a degree. Obtaining my degree will be a huge step in creating opportunities for me. I will also be able to influence others and show that success is possible with determination and commitment.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students who are considering Hodges University?
We have great individuals working at Hodges, who are willing to invest their time and effort to support your individual growth, but you need to take the initiative to seek out these wonderful individuals to create these opportunities.

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