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Vickie Phan

Vickie What is your Major?
English Lit and Sociology
What year are you?
3rd Year
What do you want to do after you graduate?
Get my Masters, but if I don‘t get into the university I want or my back up schools, I‘ll go into advertisement using my sociology degree to know what attracts people as a society to material items.
How long have you been shooting?
3rd year shooting. I don‘t plan on stopping any time soon.
How did you get interested in archery?
During Week of Welcome at Long Beach State, I saw the booth and was interested. The moment I shot the bow, I was hooked.

If you named your bow, what is your bow‘s name and why did you name it that?
My bow does have a name and it‘s name is Bazinga. It‘s a phrase used by my favorite TV character, Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory. I love nerds. To be honest, a nerd like Sheldon, who always corrects people and doesn‘t get that a person is making a joke, annoys me in real life, but that‘s what makes him such a comedic character on television.
What is your secret talent?
I can sew. Last holiday, I made a formal gown for a masquerade ball. It took me three months to make it and it turned out beautifully. I also make my costumes for Halloween and Anime Conventions. Yes, I am one of those nerds who cosplays at conventions.
Do you have any good scar or bone breaking stories?
Well I can‘t explain some of the scars on my hand because I don‘t know where they came from most of the time. One time when I was practicing colorguard/dance at home, I ended up spraining my foot and broke a vessel, which turned half of my foot blue. It‘s feels creepy just thinking about it.
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
I want to be a bird. I want to fly. I want to experience that freedom.
What‘s your favorite cartoon/ fictional/ anime character, and why?
I feel that I should do a list here, but I‘ll put one of many favorites. My favorite childhood anime was Trigun and its character, Vash the Stampede. This was made during the time anime really hit their mark! Vash the Stampede is a lone gunman, who is misunderstood and thought to be a mass murderer, but really he‘s a nice guy trying to fix things on his own. He got a bad reputation due to a small accident that caused the destruction of a major city. He‘s got some cool moves and a good heart. Vash the Stampede is my favorite anime character.
What‘s the weirdest thing you‘ve ever eaten?
It doesn‘t seem weird to me because I‘m Vietnamese, but raw squid. Honestly, I like my squid grilled, but I ate it because it was a family event. This beats out frog legs because at least the frog legs were seasoned and cooked.
Are you a morning or night person?
I am NOT a morning person! I‘m definitely a night person. (Note: I am making this info at 2am)
What was your favorite food as a child? Do you eat it now?
Homemade Pho. I loved it then and love it now. I don‘t love it because I‘m Vietnamese, I love it because it‘s good! My mom makes everything (except the actual noddles) out of scratch. The broth takes up to 6 hours to make. I never go to the restaurant for pho because I can taste that they reheat the broth wrong. Yes, there is a way to reheat the broth right. (Don‘t put it in the microwave!!)
What‘s the worst thing you did as a little kid?
I really don‘t want to put it here. I‘ll just say it got to the point where my parents sent me to a Temple to learn some discipline.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go and why?
Hopefully I will be able to study aboard in South Korea this summer. The program with our school is decent price and a lot of my friends went said they liked it. Another country I want to study aboard in is England. To get a masters in England, it takes only one year. If possible, I want to go to Oxford University. If I can‘t make it there, University of Kent, which is located in Canterbury.
When you were little, who was your favorite super hero and why?
I don‘t remember why, but I do remember I liked watching Spiderman. I would wake up early on Saturday to watch it.
What states and countries have you visited and lived in?
I‘ve never been outside of the USA. I am a born and raised California girl, but not like the one Katy Perry sings about. The states I‘ve visited were Texas and Nevada. Nevada was for Las Vegas trips. I like to visit it, but I don‘t think I ever want to live there. Texas was for last year‘s championship. I hate the weather. I hate the empty towns. I don‘t ever see myself living there. If I ever get transferred there for work, I‘ll do something to get me fired.
Have you ever been told you look like someone famous? Who?
At work, a customer told me I look like I should be a movie star, but I think it‘s because he was trying to get out of paying for parking.

Medals, Awards & Accomplishments that you achieved in archery

  • 2009 California College Championship 1st Place Female Compound Team
  • 2009 West Regional 1st Place Female Compound Team
  • 2009 State Archers of California 3rd Female Compound
  • 2010 Long Beach Open 1st Place Female Compound
  • 2010 World Archery Festival and Vegas Shoot 2nd Place Compound Team
  • 2010 West Regional 3rd Place Female Compound Team

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