Introducing Khoi Luu, Summer 2024 Research Intern

Hey everyone! My name is Khoi, and I’m really excited to be OUSA’s Research Intern this summer!!!


I just finished my 2nd year at Huron (one of Western’s affiliated colleges) double-majoring in Psychology and Business. 


I was fortunate to work as the Wellness Peer Educator for Huron in the 2023-2024 school year, and this role allowed me to connect deeply with people from all walks of life on campus. Since the beginning of my time in undergrad, I have always found great fulfillment through empathizing and supporting others around me. Joining OUSA as the Research Intern is an incredible opportunity that will allow me to use my research skills to make further positive differences in the lives of those around me.


I first heard about OUSA from a friend that represented Western at the Fall General Assembly OUSA hosted. She had a great time meeting students from other schools and discussing issues that directly impacted students, and that really motivated me to join OUSA in some capacity. I was actually really excited to join OUSA in March for the General Assembly but there were some scheduling conflicts so I was not able to join then. 


Thus, when I heard that I was selected to join the team, you can imagine how excited I was. I have always enjoyed research in academia but having the opportunity to do research to shape policy recommendations alongside experienced professionals will be really special for me. 


Among the issues in higher education, I am most passionate about pursuing more equitable access in services for international students, including mental health care and career opportunities. This is a topic close to my heart because I, along with many of my friends, am first-handedly experiencing these issues. 


On a more personal note, I grew up in the bustling Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and this is where I discovered my love for people and food. I love trying new food from any cuisine, so if you have any recommendations, send them my way :) 


In grade 9, I started my time in Canada as a boarding school student in Vancouver which exposed me to a whole new world of outdoor adventure that I still very much adore. From learning how to bike to doing multi-day camping trips, I find joy when I am surrounded by nature. 


I also really love chess and I used to play competitively, especially years ago, when I was living in Vietnam and representing the country. I play a bit less now to explore new hobbies, but chess will always be still a huge part of my life. 

And here I am! I am thrilled to be part of such a meaningful organization that represents university students’ needs, and I am really eager to learn new skills along the way. Contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions or suggestions!