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Lisa Ha

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Mich.

College Major: Business Management

Territories: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee

Office: Visitor Center

Phone: 512-475-7330


Q: Where are you from? 
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.

Where did you go to college?
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.

How long have you been working in higher education?
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.

What is your favorite place on campus?  Why?
My favorite place on campus would have to be the Blanton Museum of Art. The artistic pieces are incredible.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Austin?
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!

Updated Tue, 2013-11-26 15:57 | Top

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