The Felician sports information office started an online initiative featuring athletics alumni/ae in September 2015. In "Where Are They Now?" we periodically catch up with former Golden Falcons who have gone on to interesting and successful career paths.
In the 18th installment, we visit with Huan Tran '11, the second consecutive nursing major in the series. A member of three CACC Championship men's cross-country squads, Tran is now a nursing director for the largest hospital system in New Jersey.
Name: Huan Tran
Year of Felician graduation: 2011
Sport(s): Men's Cross-Country
LinkedIn Address: https://www.linkedin.com/in/huan-tran-884134bb
Hometown while in high school: Belleville, N.J.
Currenty town/city of residence: Montclair, N.J.
List any post-graduate studies or certifications
Master of science in nursing administration and leadership from Capella University.
Current full-time employment
Director of Case Management, RWJBarnabas Health.
Other positions held since Felician graduation
Assistant Cross-Country and Track & Field Coach, Montclair State University, 2015-pres.
Assistant Cross-Country Coach, Felician University, 2012-15
Any other life events you would like to tell us about?
Member of the 2007 Felician Men's Cross-Country Team which was inducted into the CACC Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.
How have you applied your experience participating in college athletics to your current employment?
Competing on a successful cross-country program at Felician taught me to strive for excellence in all aspects of my life, including my career. I learned that success does not happen overnight or by chance. You need to persist and work hard each day. After months and years of this, you MAY have a chance of realizing your dreams. I am neither scared nor deterred by lofty goals.
How has your Felician academic coursework and other extracurricular activities impacted your life, especially professionally?
Learning to balance my academic and athletic life while at Felician helped me develop skills that I am able to use today professionally. I now strive for a healthy work-life balance so as to maintain my mental and physical health. I find time each day to fit in exercise and other activities that bring me happiness.
What advice, about any aspect of college life, would you give to a current Felician student-athlete?
Try something new and out of your comfort zone. This could be in the form of joining a club, registering for an elective course that intrigues you, or talking to someone whom you would have not approached before.
Don't be afraid of something different or unknown; college is the start of becoming an adult and discovering who you want to be. Stepping out of your comfort zone will lead to growth and discovery.