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Introducing Mia, Voon, and Jessica from ABSA at the University of Texas at Austin.

In November 2021, several CarbonBetter team members were invited to speak at a general meeting of the Asian Business Student Association (ABSA) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) to share more about what we do at CarbonBetter and meet students who may be interested in intern positions. Our founder, Tri Vo, was a member of ABSA when he was a student at UT. It was exciting for him to come back as a founder to speak to students about his experience building CarbonBetter.

ABSA is a professional, social, and philanthropic organization at UT with over 300 members that was founded in 1989. It has grown to be one of the largest student organizations at the school, which is less than 10 minutes from CarbonBetter HQ. ABSA is a very active group, offering around 150 events per year for its members, with the goal of nurturing future business leaders.

At the meeting, we shared a short deck to introduce CarbonBetter, including our mission and operational divisions: energy logistics, sustainability & decarbonization consulting, and clean energy & carbon offset project consulting. We also led the students through a thought exercise on sustainability, and we invited anyone interested to apply for our winter & spring 2022 intern cohorts in energy logistics, climate consulting, and marketing.

We welcomed three marketing interns this month, Mia Nguyen, Jessica Yang, and Voon Goh, from that call for applications. One of their first assignments was to introduce themselves by writing this post together. Welcome to the team! Stay tuned next week to meet our accounting and operations interns from ABSA! Interested in an internship at CarbonBetter? Contact us for details.

“As just an individual trying to do their part to make sure there is a future for the world, I really resonate with CarbonBetter’s promise of progress over perfection.”

Voon Goh, On Why she choose CarbonBetter

Voon Goh

Jessica Yang

Mia Nguyen

Weclome to CarbonBetter! Please introduce yourselves.

Voon: Hi everyone! I’m Voon Goh, a new marketing intern at CarbonBetter and a sophomore Management Information Systems major at UT Austin. I’m from Singapore but I grew up moving around in the US and Canada. I’m an ISFJ, Cancer sun, and Capricorn moon, if you were wondering if we would be compatible work-buds. I love organizing my Gcal and notion, binging Netflix, and all things travel-related. I’m super excited to be a part of the team and I can’t wait to get to know everyone! 

Jessica: Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Yang and I’m a first-year Undecided Business major at the University of Texas at Austin. I’m from Dallas, TX, so not too far away from Austin! 

Some of my favorite hobbies include reading, bullet journaling, and rock climbing. My MBTI is always changing, but as of now, I’m an ESFJ-T which I think is pretty accurate. My big three in astrology are that I’m a Rising Leo, Sun Aries, and Moon Aquarius. Although I am not too knowledgeable about astrology, I am curious to learn more and am often hitting up Co-Star to read about astrological signs. I can’t wait to work with the team and get to know everyone!

Mia: Hello hello! My name is Mia Nguyen, and I am a senior at UT Austin, majoring in Finance with a minor in Management Information Systems and a certificate in Business and Public Policy. I was born and raised in Vietnam but moved to Houston, TX with my siblings when I was 12 years old. 

I have recently re-discovered my love for hiking and reading, so in my spare time, I’m almost always doing one or the other. If you have any book or trail recommendations, please don’t hesitate to enlighten me! I am also a self-proclaimed cinema and street food critic, and enjoy taking or looking at a good picture from all travels. I am an ENFP and (though I have little to no understanding of astrology) a Leo sun and a Virgo moon. 

Why did you choose CarbonBetter for an internship?

Mia: I was very intrigued by the mission statement when introduced to CarbonBetter and became more interested after talking with the team about the essence of the company and the culture. It’s fascinating to me that the company has pivoted in the energy industry to become a leader in producing and spearheading clean energy services while being a minority-owned operation. I hope to be able to learn as much about the company as possible to be able to help develop the brand and amazing services that the company offers to the world. 

Jessica: I became interested in CarbonBetter after they came to one of my organization’s general meetings. I love how they share stories of the companies they work with and their commitment to sustainability; it inspired me to apply for the company as a Marketing Intern! I have also been interested in Marketing as a potential major or minor in my college career, and this was the perfect opportunity to discover my interests within Marketing.

Voon: As just an individual trying to do their part to make sure there is a future for the world, I really resonate with CarbonBetter’s promise of progress over perfection. Taking steps to be more sustainable to reach the net-zero goal on the corporate and everyday scale, I want to be a part of that journey and be able to tell the stories of the brands doing the work to protect the earth. I’m excited to be a part of CarbonBetter and learn more about how to help businesses be their best and share their impact with consumers. 

Where do you see yourselves in five years?

Voon: In five years, I hope to be a thriving girl in her mid-twenties. Ideally, I’d be working a job in tech with a solid work-life balance that gives me time to travel and explore the world. The goal is to just continue exploring the world while working on developing myself and my career.

Jessica: In five years, I see myself working at a comfortable corporate job right after graduation. I would still be keeping up with my hobbies and trying lots of new things! I would also probably be thinking about entrepreneurial endeavors that I will take on later in my life.

Mia: I have plans on pursuing higher education in Marketing and hope to be working in Marketing and/or Public Relations within the next 5 years. I have also dreamed of dabbling in a little bit of Film Production and hopefully will be working on building my own business. Most importantly, I want to be making decisions that take me from one exciting place to another.

If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be?

Mia: I am a pretty big believer in the classic Cookies and Cream. It’s got just enough crunch and sweetness. 

Jessica: Moo-llennium Crunch. It’s my favorite Blue Bell ice cream flavor, and it is so good! It has a vanilla base, but lots of interesting toppings such as almonds, chocolate pieces, and caramel pieces: I feel like it’s similar to me because I do enjoy lots of basic “vanilla” things, but I also like exploring the more interesting bits of life!

Voon: I would be a scoop of white chrysanthemum gelato in a freshly made thyme waffle cone from the Birds of Paradise Gelato shops in Singapore. This is one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had, it looks simple and basic at first glance but packs a punch of floral flavor. 

What are the top 5 things on your bucket list?

Jessica:

  1. Skydiving
  2. Completing a Triathlon
  3. Teaching a Studio Class
  4. Visit all 7 Continents
  5. Bungee Jumping

Voon:

  1. Travel to every continent 
  2. Learn how to do cool bartending tricks 
  3. Hike in every national park 
  4. Dye my hair in a cool color 
  5. Eat at all the 3 Michelin Star restaurants 

Mia:

  1. Have an adventurous beanie collection
  2. Learn German
  3. Sleep in an igloo
  4. Meet Taylor Swift
  5. Be good at chess
Thank you for sharing! Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Voon:

I’m also a huge foodie and I’m always looking for new recs for all things food (cafės, bakeries, restaurants, etc.). Here are a couple of my photos:

Jessica:

I also enjoy doodling and aesthetics, so here’s a little quote design I drew!

Mia:

I’d love to leave you with 2 awesome things I think you should try: reading Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir and eating the famous Gordon Ramsey’s Sticky Toffee Pudding (maybe at the same time…)