Vietnamese American Tiffany is homeschooled, but four universities in the United States have offered her scholarships. These include Wesleyan University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of South Dakota and University of Missouri.
“I have never gone to school as my mother homeschools me under the American programme. I am in Class 12 and now four universities in the United States have offered me their fellowships,” said Linh.
“Two of my elder brothers had visited the United States after finishing Class 12 in Vietnam under the US programme. My mother teaches us,” Linh said.
Her mother, Karen Nguyen, said she wanted her children to enrol in a US study programme early, so she looked up plans in the internet to teach her children.
“I spend four hours every day training them at home. Each child has a different ability to acquire knowledge, so I adjust accordingly. I get tired sometimes, but I am glad to be teaching my children,” said Karen, who is Director of International Relations at Binh Duong University.
According to Linh, she will pursue both studies and tennis.
“I haven’t thought about any colleges yet, but I think I will take up nutrition, a branch that my father specialises in. As an athlete, nutrition is very important to me. Meanwhile, I will continue playing tennis as it is my passion,” said Linh.
When Linh was three months old, her parents left the United States to move to Vietnam. They first lived in HCM City and then shifted to Vung Tau. Linh is the only daughter among five siblings, and but she has a taste for tennis, like her father, Nguyen Cong Toai.
Coach Tran Duc Quynh discovered Linh’s talent when she was seven years old. Quynh invited her to train in Becamex Binh Duong Club.
As people loved tennis, Toai and his wife wanted their daughter to excel in the sport, they moved to Bình Dương to settle.
Standing 1.78m tall, Linh has made fast progress in tennis every year. With her skill and determination, she dominated in junior tennis events but failed to beat veterans at the senior tournaments.
However, at the Vietnam National Best Tennis Players Tournament held in the central province of Nghe An last December, Tiffany defeated leading players of Vietnam, such as Tran Thi Tam Hao and Si Boi Ngoc, to claim the women’s title.
“I was very happy. My parents were proud of me as my training efforts of 10 years were repaid. Sometimes, I used to get discouraged when I didn’t play well but my father always encouraged me,” said Linh.