California State University, Long BeachWilliam Randolph Hearst Scholar
Anna Chau's parents migrated to America shortly after the Vietnam War and her family endured many acculturation struggles. She grew up in a low-income neighborhood in San Francisco and started working at the age of fourteen to help support her family.
She is now a full-time student working on her master's of science degree in the counseling program at California State University, Long Beach. Her interest in working with people began during her senior year as an undergraduate student where she volunteered as a peer educator, providing college students information regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, and drug abuse. Currently, she is a conversation partner on campus, teaching and speaking English with international students. She also serves as a mentor for sophomore students through Project Rise at the Career Development Center.
Anna plans to use her experience to become a counselor who will instill hope in people and provide them with the highest level of social support.