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Meet the Freshman: Mey Mey Heng

A first-generation student, she hopes to pave the way for her immigrant family.

People  |  Aug 16, 2016  |  By UNLV News Center
Mey Mey Heng

Incoming freshman Mey Mey Heng. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)

Editor's Note: 

For our Meet the Freshman series, we dropped in on a recent orientation event to ask a handful of incoming Rebels (and some of their parents) about why they chose UNLV. 

An immigrant and a first-generation student, Mey Mey Heng plans to study biology on her way to practicing medicine. She credits the encouragement of a wide network — from family members to teachers to members of her community — with inspiring her to go to college.

What makes UNLV different?

For sure, the diversity is great. That’s what leads you to grow.

Biggest fear?

My biggest fear is just personal — about being an adult and in the 'real' world. You never know what could happen.

Biggest challenge in getting here?

My biggest challenge was immigrating to America in fifth grade — away from my parents and knowing none of the language. I’m kind of grateful for that, though. I am able to be the person I am today.

Something about yourself that few people know.

On the outside, I am always so cheery but in reality I work really hard to get where I am. I’ve had struggles just like others have.

How will getting your degree affect your family?

I definitely want to inspire my siblings and help open those doors for them. Education makes a difference in communities. I want to give back to my community and help my family have a better future.