There is no particular reason to why I was named Alan. I’m guessing my parents were just happy to have a boy after having 3 daughters. My last name, Truong, is considered to be a Vietnamese last name. Although, everyone in our family speaks a Chinese dialect called Chaozhou ( This language is supposed to be really old so it is rare and also, I haven’t seen anyone else speak it).
Meaning : Alan means noble, harmony, and fair.
Origin : Celtic
Date of Birth: January 18, 1995
Place of Birth : I happened to be
born right here in San Diego. When I was
born, we were living in an very old house
but we moved right away. Unfortunately, I
don’t remember anything
about being in that house.
Family Tree : Mom’s side Grandpa: Quie Grandma: De koa Uncle: Huong Aunt: Ngou Uncle: Huong Aunt: Em Uncle: Ngoc Aunt: Jenny Cousin: William Cousin: Louise Aunt: Kia Uncle: Fong Cousin: Mayling Cousin: Ling Aunt: Judy Mom: Linda Dad: Peter Aunt: Diana Uncle: David Cousin: Emily Cousin: David Cousin: Nguyen Cousin: Holly Cousin: Steven Cousin: Megan Cousin: Andy Cousin: Michelle Cousin: Victoria Cousin: Christopher Sister: Susan Sister: Sandy Sister: Nancy ME : Alan My mom’s side is huge….
Family Tree : Dad’s Side Grandpa: Suan Grandma: Thi Uncle: Tony Aunt: Cindy Cousin: Andrew Cousin: Natalie Aunt: Nguyen Uncle: Steven Aunt: Lu kai Uncle: Tom Cousin: Anna Cousin: Wei Dad: Peter Mom: Linda Sister: Susan Sister: Sandy Sister: Nancy ME: Alan
According to my parents, we do not have any recurring Health issues. We are a relatively healthy family and most the unfortunate deaths that occur, are due to old age. Surprisingly with my mom’s huge side of the family, one would think there would be any health concern; luckily there isn’t.
My parents traveled over to America during the time of the Vietnam war. They arrived here to escape the tragedies and keep themselves safe from danger. There were also benefits for coming to America as well. They could obtain a better job, life and education over here in the United States.
I believe that 20 hours of homework is way too much. This is based on the fact that I’m usually more stressed nowadays and out of my comfort zone. Also, I haven’t had much free time to do things that I enjoy lately. I’ve been having to do lots of essays which most of the time are on the same day of a big test. When I’m in a rush mode, I don’t learn very well and end up forgetting the concept in a day or two.
-Sleep Per Night
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Total
7 7 7 6 11 38
My average is about 7.6, although that is due to the fact that it is the weekend after Friday. I don’t get enough sleep on weekdays. To get the desired amount of sleep, I need to find a way to manage my time better. I could possibly make a list where I could check assignments off as I complete them. I can also give a certain assignment a set time where I must finish it before then.
Television : For TV, it depends if it is acceptable or not. If there is a show on that I like but a test the next day, it isn’t acceptable because I end up watching it and losing sleep time. Although for the days that I watch for 1 hour, I believe that is pretty acceptable.
Phone: I usually don’t talk on the phone very much. I prefer instant messengers like msn and if I do talk on the phone, it usually isn’t for more than an hour.
Computer: The amount of time on the computer depends on what type of homework I have. Usually, I spend 1 hour each day on it without having to do essays or assignments that require research. A hour each day seems acceptable to me.
Health Triangle Age 15 Social 85 Physical 95 Mental and Emotional 79 I think I am a very active person. I enjoy playing sports like basketball and football very much. I’m more of a sprinter than a long distance runner though. However, I’m not a good swimmer at all. Socially, I am shy when I first meet someone. Once I get to know somebody, I am not shy at all and I have plenty of friends that I am happy with. Mentally and emotional is where I struggle. Academically, I am a good student and get good grades. Although, I lately haven’t been getting enough sleep, which might cause problems for me during the day. Physical Characteristics: Strong, Fast (at sprinting), Stays fit, Flexible Social Characteristics: Shy, Quiet person, Get along with others, Team player Mental Characteristics: Relaxed and calm (usually), Little sleep on weekdays, Have a lot of sleep on weekends, Try my best
-Hobbies/Talents/Sports: Drawing, basketball, football, sprinting, designing things, listening to music ( I listen to English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese music)
-Pets: None =[
- Travel: My favorite trip was during the Summer of 2007. My second-oldest sister got accepted into Berkeley, so we drove all 6 of us (my 3 sisters and parents) in a van up to San Francisco. It was fun because we were all together and got to experience what it was like in a new environment. My second choice of a trip would be going to Las Vegas but I was a lot younger, and I couldn’t do much there.
-Closest Friends: Brett Hopkins, Alvin Hyeda, Sarath Pathuri, Kevin Rosenfeld, Josh Hafford, Bryan Thajliam, Al-Jamad (Al, don’t know his last name because it is long but I’m sure it is really cool as well), Charles Oh
-Schools Attended: Elementary- Park village Middle: Mesa Verde High: Westview
-Clubs: I’m currently an officer in the club Interact. It is a community service club and I work as the Secretary of Hours which just organizes the hours of each person using Excel.
Picture Timeline 2/07/95 Location: House Event: Hmmm… I’m not sure if I am smiling or about to cry. My eyes look watery though. 2/08/95 Location: House Event: Striking a pose or my surprised look.
Picture Timeline 7/23/95 Location: House Event: Can’t walk yet, so I am bored. I think I am falling over in this picture. 8/17/95 Location: House Event: Chilling and eating an apple
Picture Timeline 3/11/97 Location: Relative’s House Event: At a party! ( with my awesome outfit) 9/28/95 Location: Outside my house Event: Trapped in one of those walking stroller things with Mickey and Minnie mouse (if you look closely). And it’s weird, I’m wearing like a sailor suit.
Picture Timeline 9/02/98 Location: SeaWorld (first time there) Event: Rocking back and forth on a Dalmatian (who has half it’s body missing). 6/21/99 Location: Sundance Preschool Event: Graduating from Mrs. Galler’s class
Picture Timeline 10/31/02 Location: Outside my house Event: Halloween Parade at Park Village! Haha, I dressed up as a Charmander or whatever that Pokemon that was. (2 nd Grade) 2/22/03 Location: Outside my house Event: 2 nd Grade Square Dancing! (In this picture If you look closely, you can see that my two front teeth are missing)
Picture Timeline 9/27/04 Location: My cousin’s house in Los Angeles Event: Visiting family (I look very chubby in this picture and my sisters look totally different) 6/20/06 Location: Park Village Event: 5 th Grade Graduation! I look angry and annoyed in this because my mom was taking a bizillion pictures.
Picture Timeline 12/21/07 Location: Outside my house Event: Going to the second wedding this year. 6/27/07 Location: Outside my house Event: My first time going to a wedding.
Picture Timeline 6/20/09 Location: Mesa Verde Middle School Event: Graduating from 8 th grade with my cousin, Christopher. 1/03/10 Location: House Event: 3 rd wedding I’ve had to go to. I was really mad that this was on the same day as a Chargers game. I got home in time to see only the last 36 seconds.
Current Me! 3/28/10 Location: Bathroom Event: Taking a picture for the “Current Me” section!
Personal Crest Alan John Truong Be less shy around people that I have just met Loyal, Honest, Kind I would say first off, win the lottery and win millions of dollars. Then, use that money to travel across the world and do anything I want . Getting a basketball hoop to play with Having a son after getting 3 daughters Not exactly an achievement, more like a freak thing, but in 7 th grade, field was closed because it was raining and they let us play on the basketball courts. Some friends and I were just punting and catching a football and when I punted it from 3 basketball courts down, it went perfectly through a basket.
Well you've done done me and you bet I felt it I tried to be chill but you're so hot that I melted I fell right through the cracks and now I'm trying to get back Before the cool done run out I'll be giving it my bestest Nothing's going to stop me but divine intervention I reckon its again my turn to win some or learn some I won't hesitate no more, no more It cannot wait, I'm yours Well open up your mind and see like me Open up your plans and damn you're free Look into your heart and you'll find love love love Listen to the music of the moment people dance and sing, were just one big family It's our God-forsaken right to be loved love loved love love So I won't hesitate no more, no more It cannot wait I'm sure There's no need to complicate Our time is short This is our fate, I'm yours Do you want to, come on, scootch over closer dear And I will nibble your ear I've been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror And bending over backwards just to try to see it clearer But my breath fogged up the glass And so I drew a new face and I laughed I guess what I'll be saying is there ain't no better reason To rid yourself of vanity and just go with the seasons It's what we aim to do Our name is our virtue I won't hesitate no more, no more It cannot wait I'm sure There's no need to complicate Our time is short This is our fate, I'm yours Well open up your mind and see like me Open up your plans and damn you're free Look into your heart and you'll find love, love, love so please don't please don't please don't. There's no need to complicate 'cause our time is short This oh this oh this is our fate I'm yours Oh I'm yours I won't hesitate no more Oh no more no more no more It's our God-forsaken right to be loved, I'm sure There's no need to complicate Our time is short This is our fate, I'm yours No I won't hesitate no more, no more This cannot wait I'm sure There's no need to complicate Our time is short This is our fate, I'm yours, I'm yours
I picked Jason Mraz’s song, “I’m Yours”, since it is a very relaxed and mellow song. This song represents me because I am usually a very calm individual. You would almost never see me in a bad mood unless I am stressed. This song also talks about virtue and morals. I believe that I have some good principles and rules that I pertain to, while doing things I think are right.
-Supposed to be running, not in like a kung-fu stance as it might seem
Face Only -Sorry, I’m not very good at drawing humans. -Couldn’t position my second eye correctly and make it symmetrical, so it is lob-sided. -The lips just look weird. Quick Full-body Cartoonish sketch
The person that I chose who has made a positive impact in my life is my grandma. She is important to me because she was the one who took care of me while my parents were at work, when I was very young. I’m not saying my parents didn’t contribute, but when they were gone, she taught me how to be a better person.
Where do I see myself in….
3 years – In three years, I would be a Senior at Westview. It’s about the time for filling applications to college and the time to take things easier. I would also know how to drive by now.
5 years – In five years, I would be a Sophomore in College. Hopefully, I can get into a good school. I would be either living at a dorm or living at home if it is a school near my home , like UCSD.
10 years – In ten years, I would have a job. I’m not sure what exactly I want to be so far, though. I maybe of had gotten my own place by now and dating/married.
If I could accomplish one thing…
If I could accomplish one thing
in my life, it would be to get a successful
job so I can support a family and have a
I wanted to tell you how much you meant to me when I was a child, and even now. When I was home with my parents at work, and sisters too busy with homework, you were the one that accompanied me. You were the one who taught me valuable lessons and principles as well. When I did something bad by accident, you stayed calm and didn’t get mad at me, but helped me from making the same mistake over again. I am thankful for all you did and love you. You did your role as a grandma the best you could, and I appreciate that greatly. I wish you were still here for these last 5 years.
In my opinion, the media has affected probably everyone one of us somehow. It controls what one does, what one wears, and what one enjoys listening to. For example, the media promotes and kind of makes you listen to catchy songs that have very poor lyrics. Although they get stuck in your head, they are usually about drugs, money, sex, and alcohol. This is because it is what is “in” these days. The catchiness of songs overpowers what a song is supposed to be. Also what is “in”, contributes to the clothing one wears. The media uses magazines and what not to display what everyone has to wear. A lot of people buy into it, and wear it until the next “in” thing comes up, and then say what they just wore is “out”. I however, don’t really pay attention to what the media tells me about clothing, therefore I’m not as affected. The media can also interrupt some of the hobbies you like to do. If it makes fun of an certain activity, society acts the same way to it. Either way, if it is fun to you, you should do it anyways. In conclusion, the media forces you to become someone you are not.