The struggles of poverty and domestic violence that I have experienced have become the major motivation that has pushed me to work hard and to become a better version of myself. Growing up, food was scarce, and life at home was difficult and often violent. I was a trash picker at seven at the Battambang city dump, scavenging plastic and glass materials to sell to the recycling firms for a few pennies. After witnessing the suffering of domestic violence that my mother faced, I became determined not to live the kind of life that my mother endured. This also fueled my interest in gender, human rights, and social change.
On May 22, 2020, I graduated with an Associate Degree from Montgomery College (MC) in Silver Spring, MD. Like millions of 2020 grads in America, I too, graduated from home with my DC host family. I successfully raised a total of $52,500 to pay for my education and transportation expenses, and that thankfully to all my friends and donors, without them, I would have not made it this far. Kindly note that I have been contributing 50% of my work study earnings for a total of $19,567.
In November 2019, I started applying to several 4-year liberal arts colleges in the U.S. to earn my Bachelor’s Degree. In early March 2020, I was admitted at three colleges: Mount Holyoke, Smith College, and Dickinson College. After a critical evaluation, I made a decision to accept Smith College’s admission offer.
Since Smith College offers a generous financial aid package, I am no longer seeking donation funds to support my education expenses. I hope you will still follow up on my education journey as I move forward to a new chapter at Smith College.
Most nights I dream about my artist life. Something always goes wrong in those dreams, either the light did not turn on stage, my teammates were late, or I missed my cue. Last night my artist life came back in the dream. This time I was ready for my cue, but my teammates decided
As the new decade begins, I find myself wondering if the world is going insane. In 2019, the Amazon forest was on fire and at the beginning of 2020, Australia is on fire. Iranians are mad at Trump and it seems like WWIII is becoming a possibility. To me global warming is clearly a
I sit across
the table from Asa at Nando’s in Dupont Circle and said, “I can’t believe I
am back. Three weeks at home feels like a dream.” The word “home” referred
to my homeland, Cambodia. I visited “home” for the first time after
living in America for 3 years and 1 month. To be exact I stayed
Feminism is my favorite topic in this class. The history of feminism fascinates me because I am one of the many Cambodian women who grew up following the strict cultural rules that expected women to be proper and submissive in our male-lead society. In the book, “Political Ideologies,” the author, Andrew Heywood wrote that
My number one birthday wish this year is for myself to stay mentally and physically healthy, so that I can continue my exciting, yet challenging life journey in America, the land of opportunities. I thank my ancestors, the spirits of my father, brother and God Buddha for keeping me and my family in a
I cried last night. I cried because I felt the pain that my friend had. The feeling might not be exactly the same as she felt, but trust me, I could relate to it.
Have you ever felt lonely? confused about your life, not knowing what to do or where to go? I am sure
Earlier this morning, I received a text alert from my school that the school delayed opening until 11am due to bad weather, which meant that all the morning classes were canceled. But, of course my classes were in the afternoon, so I had to go to school anyway. The school alerts are very accurate.
My co-workers are minorities. They are adults in their late 20s. Kalen is half white half black. Matt is Spanish-American and Traven is African-American. I am Asian. After leaving work, we agreed to get dinner together to celebrate the holiday season. It took some time for us to choose a restaurant since our budget
The world is full of mysteries. You may make plans for your life but you will not be able to control the unexpected events that can either tear you apart or bring you to joy. These unpredictable events come very often. Sometimes they come one at the time and sometimes they come as a
Edmond and I went to listen to a talk by Amy Goodman. She is a journalist, a reporter, an advocate for democracy and social change in America. She founded Democracy Now 20 years ago. The program is now distributed to 1,500 TV and radio stations.
The venue was crowded with people of all ages. The
9:50am! Here comes, the one and only professor for Spoken American Language class. Dragging her bag across the hall to the classroom, she is bringing the graded papers for her students. She is a beautiful elderly professor who is originally from Brazil. She is energetic, caring and loving. She rarely disappoints her students unless
Academic writing is so difficult. There are so many rules that students need to follow in order to get a good grade. Sometime I feel stuck when I have to write my first draft paragraph in class. I sometime stare at the computer for 10 minutes without knowing what to write. I panic at
The day that I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. My first semester at Montgomery College has just started today. I am a freshman now. I started my first day of class by taking the ESL test and I have two more tests to take tomorrow. Despite having many hoops to jump before I
I told a lie today!
I lied to a guy who sat next to me when I took the train back home. Because I didn’t want to sit next to him, so I lied to him that I had to get off the train at the next stop. I jumped out from that car where he was and
I was so excited with the first snow fall in the US. Of course, I’ve been to Europe many times for the tour but I had never seen the snow falling from the sky. Yesterday was the first snow fall in DC; I was thrilled and couldn’t keep myself from running outside and dancing
As the end of 2016 approaches, I wanted to personally let you know how much I appreciate all the support and encouragement you have given me. To all the generous persons who contributed through my website, you made my first fundraising program a total success: we raised over $11,600, well above my $10,000
Welcome December, the last month of the year. This time last year, I was in Cambodia, performing under the big top and rehearsing for the New Year’s Eve event at the 5 star hotels in Siemreap.
December this year, I am in the US. I’m living my education dream. Yesterday, I went to Montgomery College
My first celebration of Thanksgiving was wonderful. The Turkey and the traditional foods were delicious. I was invited to a dinner party at one of my host’s best friend’s home. I met new friends and had a nice talk about a variety of topics; culture, arts, politics and the different life styles between America