Diana Trinh: Student, Community Health Advocate, Big Sister

Girls! Girls!! Girls!!! We are sooo powerful. Powerful, beyond measure!

This week’s featured #SEGoftheWeek reminds us of the importance of diligently pursuing your dreams and setting a good example for those who will come after you. Meet Diana Trinh of Seattle, Washington. Diana is a 27-year-old Physician Assistant student at MEDEX UW 2018 at the University of Washington. Her story reminds us of this quote by Marianne Williamson:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Here is Diana’s #StrongEnough story, in her words:

  1. Tell us about (describe) yourself.

I am currently a Physician Assistant student at the University of Washington, who has called Seattle home for the past 10 years. I am the oldest of 6 girls in my family, and strive to live my life purposefully and with the understanding that I am setting an example for my younger sisters. I do my best to live life with good intentions, compassion, and to have a positive impact in the world.

  1. What are your hobbies (things you enjoy doing)?

I enjoy cooking and being creative with food in my spare time. I love to travel and experience new environments and perspectives, especially with my fiancé. I love to learn about people through their stories and to help bring positive change to my community by volunteering, providing health education and assisting in documentary film-making.

  1. What activities are you involved with in your community?

I am looking forward to creating a docu-series with my fiancé about eating well, understanding lifestyle illnesses that come from poor-nutrient diets and sedentary lifestyles, and how to seek health resources. The goal is to present this to our community as a resource for well-being. The release date is predicted to be before the end of this year.

  1. Who or what inspires you?

There are many people who inspire me everyday. I am surrounded by a lot of talented people in my community, people who are passionate in creating positive change, and people with kind and compassionate souls. I am fortunate in that I do not have to look very far, to find inspiration from someone that I know of.

  1. Is there something you are passionate about? If yes, what is it?

Yes. I am passionate about healthcare, public health, mental health and the expansion of education. It is the reason why I have chosen to make a career in the healthcare field. My family has always taught me that health is wealth, and that we must prioritize it in order to accomplish anything. I care about the physical and mental health issues that affect my community, and about creating access to resources that may improve health. I firmly believe that education empowers the people who have it, and that it is important to share resources if you are able to.

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  1. What is the biggest challenge that you see facing girls in your community?

Even though there are many challenges that girls face, I feel that the biggest challenge that creates barriers for girls in my community is having the lack of self-confidence to go after their goals or dreams. A lot of the girls I have grown up around had many people in their lives that would tell them they are not pretty enough, smart enough, or talented enough, or receive backlash for wanting to accomplish something. I think many girls let those thoughts eat into their beliefs about themselves. Any girl can do anything, despite where she has come from, she must wholeheartedly commit to the end-goal and find ways to get there. As a girl, you must persevere even when your goal may seem out of reach, because you will never know how close you are if you turn away.

  1. What advice would you like to share with girls in your community?

My advice to the girls in my community would be to find love in yourself, because it is not easy to take care of something that you do not love. I am still learning how to do this myself. As girls, I find that we tend to care more about other people: what they think about us, how others feel, or how we can take care of them….but rarely do we prioritize our self-care. You cannot love or take care of someone else properly, if you do not do it for yourself first.

  1. Who is your favorite female leader/role model, and why?

Some of my favorite female role models are Samira Farah, MD and Winnie Lee PA-C. Both Samira and Winnie are women of color who are passionate about guiding their community to become healthier. Both women work with minority groups in the Seattle area, as primary care providers who are narrowing cultural and language gaps to medicine. They both teach their patients the importance of prevention and take the extra time to explain difficult concepts or misconceptions about medical procedures. These women go the extra mile to ensure each patient understands and is involved with creating their care plan. I strive to model after them and to greatly serve my community as I am learning to become a Physician Assistant.

  1. What do the words “Strong Enough” mean to you?

“Strong enough” means you are worthy of having everything you ever dreamed of. It means you will be strong enough to work through every obstacle that greets you on the journey to your goals; that you will have grit, humility, resilience, passion, tenacity, and the courage to go after your dreams. Strong enough means you will shake off all the self-doubt, joy-killers, and haters who will try to take you off course. Every girl is “strong enough,” but she must continue to exercise and prepare herself to receive the opportunities that await her.

  1. Do you have a favorite quote/verse/song lyric?

“Understanding that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility” –Oprah Winfrey.

Diana, you are a beautiful treasure. We are heartened to celebrate you as our #SEGoftheWeek. We wish you much success in your academic pursuits, and look forward to watching you transform the health outcomes of those in your community. Keep setting a great example. We see you, and are inspired by you.


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