To learn about me, you need to know my name! My name is Philip Huynh, and I am a survivor. Why choose this term? I’m not a survivor from a major disaster or coming home from a war. But I am a survivor from the odds that I have faced over the years.
“Being a survivor doesn’t mean being strong – it’s telling people when you need a meal or a ride, company, whatever. It’s paying attention to heart wisdom, feelings, not living a role, but having a unique, authentic life, having something to contribute, finding time to love and laugh. All these things are qualities of survivors.” – Bernie Siegel
To get to know about me better, I am an Asian American that was born in Alhambra, CA. I spent 18 years in this town before I moved from my hometown to Northridge, CA. I studied Cinema and Television Arts with an emphasis in Multimedia Production. Why Multimedia? It was because I was afraid of getting rejected by the film program that the department was known for. I can honestly say that it was not the worst decision I have made in my life, but in fact, one of the best ones.
Because I wasn’t caught in the demand of a film major’s life, I was able to dedicate time in other areas that would benefit me in the long term. In my freshman year of college, I took a big step forward and ran for Public Relations in the culture club, Vietnamese Student Association. This was something that took me outside my comfort zone because I had never ran for any positions of my life. I was that kid that always stood shyly in the back waiting for something to happen. What changed was that I decided not to live in the past any longer and move forward to grow myself. I quickly rose through the ranks and became one of the Intercollegiate Council members that represented CSUN VSA amongst the other 14 colleges that had VSAs. This quickly gave me experience on leadership roles and skills since we are required to hold major events for all the schools and as well as work with many different personalities. Finishing my year, I took a stab for the President role of the club with my co-ICC. We ran and won leading our club to new heights and accomplishments. I finished my year exhausted but glad that I took upon one decision that took a turn in my life. Now, I help members in the club with college and life advice.
Though, my ride didn’t end there. As soon as I left that position, I immediately went for another. My year at CSUN was getting closer to its end, and I began to search for an internship. From here, I had an idea of what I wanted to do but I did not know how to reach it. I found a listing online and immediately applied for it. I got an interview and waited for the big day. When the day finally came, I thought of something. This isn’t something I could not mess up on. Internships are what helps us find what we really wanted to do in life. I took a deep breath and went in. I got the position! The urge of happiness surged through me because not only did I get one, but I got another as well. From here, I was working with SXM inc and NewFilmmakers LA. Both were great companies, but both offered different experiences. When my supervisor found out that I was good at graphic design and HTML/CSS, he put me to work. My days went by at the organization as I continually got exposure with more HTML/CSS. It was fun and exciting. That’s it. I found what I really wanted to do with my life, and that was to become a full-fledged web developer and designer.