Administrative Associate Lisa Ha
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.
College Major: Business Management
Territories: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee
Office: Visitor Center
Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. My parents are from Vietnam, so my siblings and I are the first generation born in the United States. Vietnamese was my first language, but I picked up English pretty quickly during preschool. All of my middle-school and high-school years were spent focusing on academics and perfecting my competitive cheer skills. I was also involved in various groups and organizations, such as the Asian American Club. My senior year, I was crowned homecoming queen, and our cheer team took the state title.
Q: Where did you go to college?
A: I received a full-ride scholarship to Grand Valley State University, which is in Allendale, Mich., not too far from where I grew up. I studied business management with the intention of working for a major corporation. I juggled working, taking 15 credits each semester, and two internships, not to mention my commitments outside of school. All of the hard work eventually paid off. I graduated in four years with a bachelor’s in business administration, and both internships resulted in full-time jobs.
Q: How long have you been working in higher education?
A: My vision of working for a major corporation didn’t last long. After two years of working in sales, I received an opportunity to work in higher education. I began working in admissions in early 2010 and became an academic advisor shortly after. I started my journey at The University of Texas at Austin in December 2012. I am truly thankful and happy to be here.
Q: What is your favorite place on campus? Why?
A: My favorite place on campus would have to be the Blanton Museum of Art. The artistic pieces are incredible.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do in Austin?
A: Did you know Austin is one of the top 10 yoga cities in the United States? It is! I am a yogi in my spare time, so this was a big deal for me! I have been to a few studios so far, but I am looking forward to seeing more of what Austin has to offer. Namaste.
Advice to Prospective Students
Enjoy the college experience. Study hard, meet people, get involved, and have fun. With a strong work ethic and positive attitude, the sky’s the limit!