Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My name is Kevin Nguyen and I am a Vietnamese Asian American. I'm actually 3/4 Vietnamese and 1/4 Caucasian. I've lived in Worthington, OH my whole life and graduated from Worthington Kilbourne High School. Back in high school all my friends called me Khoa (Kuh-wah), as that is my Vietnamese name. I don't mind being called Kevin or Khoa, either is cool with me. Unfortunately I didn't make it past the wait list for OSU Main and decided to try and stay close to home and attend Marion/Delaware. In the end it turned out that the Delaware classes didn't support the ones for my biology major and so I had to take all my classes here at the Marion campus. I have lots of interest in sports, games, and just hanging out with cool people. In high school I played lacrosse for four years and my senior year I joined an indoor soccer league. Currently, I don't have any plans for jobs and just want to focus on my studies and prepare myself for a transfer to main campus next year. I hope to have a good year.

"No part of human skin is spared from bacteria. Bacterial counts on the hands range from five thousand to five million colony-forming units per square centimeter." My favorite passage was paragraph 6 on page 208; this is when Gawande provides example letters from Semmelweis,who is attacking medical doctors against his research, claiming the doctors are murderers. After reading, I learned how important washing your hands truly is and that it can sometimes be the only barrier between life and death for a person. While reading the essay I got to the point where I was itching to wash my hands so bad because the more and more I read the more worried I got by how many bacterium I could have picked up throughout the day.


  1. That sucks that you did not get into main campus. But yes, that is a scary quote. It really brings into perspective how much bacteria are around us. I find it funny that you wanted to wash your hands while reading the essay because I am sure that was a mutual feeling amongst the audience of this essay.

  2. I am assuming since you are a biology major you will always remember to wash your hands now when on the job. I also have an interest in soccer and was wondering if you signed up for the recreational soccer club.


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