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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT TAMARA NGUYEN

"Philosophy has played an important role in my success. It has provided me with the foundation to engage in effective critical thinking and reasoning, and has helped me hone my analytical skills. All of which enables me to utilize my written and oral skills of advocacy and argument in the legal practice."

"With less than a year left from graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice, I decided to enroll in Argument and Writing with Dr. Amy Coplan." Tamara recalls, "It was my first philosophy class and I immediately knew that it would not be my last."

Tamara says that the course introduced her to a new way of perceiving the world and showing her that there were no boundaries to ideas. "Philosophy is exciting, challenging, and fulfilling to the mind. Further, the philosophy department at CSUF is truly one of a kind. With supportive and caring faculty members, the department became a second home to many including myself. I ended up delaying my graduation date to add Philosophy as my second major."

After graduating, Tamara went on to pursue a law degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. While there, she met her husband, with whom she would go on to launch her own legal practice in 2014. "Philosophy has played an important role in my success. It has provided me with the foundation to engage in effective critical thinking and reasoning, and has helped me hone my analytical skills. All of which enables me to utilizemy written and oral skills of advocacy and argument in the legal practice." Tamara says.

"The philosophy major compliments all areas of study. Even if students do not want to commit to the major, I still recommend taking a couple philosophy courses." Tamara explains, adding, "Although the philosophy major covers a wide range of topics, philosophers, and theories, students will still benefit from the critical and analytical thinking aspects of a philosophy course which is beneficial in all walks of life."

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