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Van Truong, 19, is a sophomore anthropology student at the University of Florida. Last December, while studying for a final exam in biology, she thought of a new way to organize her notes. Using a whiteboard at a campus library, she recreated Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting Starry Night. This was Truong's way of keeping the task interesting. She explained to the Huffington Post:
"I knew if I had to read through a packet of notes, I’d fall asleep," Truong said. "I don’t know if I would’ve lasted through three hours just going through notes."
Truong said she chose to recreate "Starry Night" because of its composition. Unlike a portrait of a person, which she thought would look disjointed if made out of individual lines of biology notes, words and sentences could look like Van Gogh's brush strokes.