This month, we are excited and honored to welcome a new member to the Adoption Choices of New York team: Lisa Truong! She will be working as an Editorial Intern with us for the next six months.
Lisa Truong is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Denver, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. She’s also on the path to achieving minors in Writing and Chemistry. In the past, she has been commended by her professors for her news stories, as well as her creative writing talents. With the help of Adoption Choices, Lisa hopes to continue to build and hone her skills to one day break into the social networking career. She has a huge passion for helping others, and it’s an honor to have her on the team.
Before she begins her regular blogs, I wanted to give her a chance to introduce herself and for you all to get to know her.
RR: When you hear the word,” adoption,” what comes to mind?
LT: When I think of the word “adoption,” I picture a family so excited and nervous to start a family. I picture the person/partners getting giddy just to think about having a kid running around the house. They plan where the child’s room will be, what color they should paint it, what kind of decorations would they put in there. In the kitchen, they’ll clear a section of the fridge to store the child’s favorite food. There will be an extra mug, an extra bowl for cereal, an extra magnet on the wall. When they meet the child, it’ll be love at first sight. The kind of love that will warm up both parties, like a blanket during a winter storm.
RR: What/Who inspires you?
LT: There’s a Korean pop group that I’ve looked up to when I was at my weakest point. The group is called BTS. In Korean, their name translates to Bulletproof. They want to block any negativity of the world from their fans, who they consider as more friends than fans. Their songs had always been laced with words of encouragement and self-love. They inspired me to accept myself when others did not. I learned to believe in myself most and foremost and to rely on others when times get hard. Aside from their music, they’ve worked with Unicef to stop childhood violence and spoke at the UN conference about self-love. In order to give love, one must have a love for themselves first. This group of people has motivated fans to start their own charity projects like donating to a cause or adopting animals in the members’ names. They are my Polaris.
RR: What was the last book you read?
LT: The last book I read was Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. It was a recommendation from someone I respect so I thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately, it was not up to my standard for books so I would not recommend this to anyone else.
RR: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
LT: The craziest thing I’ve ever done was flying to another state, watch a concert for a few hours, and then fly back home in time for school. It was a BTS concert as part of their world tour. I had been planning to get tickets, but I never actually thought it would happen considering the high volume of demand. In the end, after three hours of waiting on Ticketmaster, I was able to get tickets. Then I bought airplane tickets right away without telling my family. They didn’t realize I was going until the week of.
RR: What are you passionate about? Why?
LT: Learning has always been my passion. When I was younger, I was never much of a good student. I slacked off during class and rarely did my homework. It wasn’t until I moved to the U.S that I realized how important education is and how fortunate that I was able to receive an education in Vietnam. From that moment on, I developed a kind of envy for education and learning in general. Often times, school settings don’t offer the kind of hands-on experiences that a person needs to grow so I seek out learning in other ways. By doing things like taking a walk, picking up a hobby, exploring a different genre of music, reading a new book. There are countless ways to learn and I feel privileged to have so many more opportunities.
RR: What are you currently watching on Netflix?
LT: I am currently watching Black Mirror on Netflix. The futuristic vibe with countless plot-twists is the genre I love the most when it comes to television shows. I am enjoying it very much and what they did with Bandersnatch, where the audience gets to decide the outcome, is such an innovative idea that I think will transpire to more shows. I gravitate towards shows like these because they play with my emotions and sharpen my senses. I like to play along and see if I can catch the plot-twist before they happen.
RR: What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
LT: When I was younger, I wanted to be a fashion designer. Growing up in a developing city in Vietnam with not that many outdoor activities, watching movies was a big part of my childhood. I had all the Barbie DVDs and dolls. Every piece of her clothing was mesmerizing to me; I wanted to be her only so I can wear her clothes. They were vibrant and made her beautiful, more than she already was. Clothing became my external way of communication when I lacked the courage to speak myself. I used clothing as expressions and extensions to who I am. Certain outfits reflect my personality and as the seasons change, so do my outfits and my mindset. I wanted to be the person who can make clothes for people who are uncertain and yet so confident about who they are.
RR: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? Why?
LT: When I’m not working, I like to read. Similar to my clothing, my reading selections have also evolved. I used to be obsessed with fantasy and romance, something like Twilight or The Mortal Instruments series. For the most part, I still have a secret indulgence with those genres but I am more invested in nonfiction or philosophical books like The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. I love it when I get shivers when I read something. To me, reading is similar to writing in that it’s like a blank page. Every word forms a paint stroke and when I’m done, a painting appears.
RR: What are your career aspirations?
LT: My goal for when I chose my journalism major is to become a full-time writer. I aiming for either the New York Times or the Washington Post. When I read an article from them, I get that tingle that makes me excited to write. In the end, I realize it wasn’t the organization, it was the style of the writer and what they are passionate about. I want my work to create that feeling for someone else. I want what I write to leave something tangible for my readers, something they’ll think about every once in a while.
RR: Why Adoption Choices?
LT: The goal of Adoption Choices is one that is so necessary for the development of a growing world. Going through the adoption process is a difficult one and I love that Adoption Choices provides guidance and support every step of the way. They treat everyone, clients and staff, as family members. I feel so honored to be a part of this family and I am excited to see what I can contribute to the already amazing Adoption Choices.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.