Monday, May 25, 2009

Scholar Student Sok Mey Tells About Her Future Dream

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Dok Sok Mey, 18, one of The University of Cambodia’s “Samdech Hun Sen-Handa National Scholarships 2008” students, has described her future dream while speaking to The Cambodia Weekly during an interview on May 18. Sok Mey lives in Phnom Penh, where she was born in 1990. Her father is a motor mechanic and her mother sells clothing in Kandal market here in Phnom Penh.

Sok May is now studying English Literature with the University of Cambodia (UC) and also studying Economics at the Royal University of Law and Economic Sciences (RULES). She passed the scholarship exams offered by UC on September 22, 2008.

“It was a great achievement for me to have passed the UC entrance exams. They were a challenge and I was very pleased with my results,” she told The Cambodia Weekly May 18. “With this preliminary out of the way, I am now free to enjoy the many benefits that UC has to offer.”

Currently bringing her first year at UC to a profitable conclusion, Sok Mey said that she cut her academic teeth at Preah Sisowath High School in Phnom Penh, earning a Baccalaureate in 2008. She applied to study English Literature with UC following the introduction of the “Samdech Hun Sen- Handa National Scholarships”. She took this step, confident that a further humanities qualification would ensure eventual employment with a prestigious organization, as befits a UC graduate.

She added that this course gave her all the practice she needed to bring her English language skills up to speed. She said she now felt perfectly comfortable using English and that she was equal to any communicative challenge in the professional arena.

She noted that the University’s degree scheme encourages students to study “elective subjects” that were not necessarily linked to the major field of study. Apart from the wealth of literature topics on offer, Sok Mey will strengthen her repertoire of transferable skills with subjects such as Business Communications and Computer Literacy.

The ambitious student said that besides the study of English Literature, she is also studying Economics. “I enjoy the study of English Literature, but it also has a practical value. Study with UC has given me the confidence to seek out research material relevant to economics. My literature course has also increased my sense of cultural literacy and I no longer find the Western way of thought such a confusing matter, ”Sok May said. “The degree in economics will open some doors; but the study of literature has opened my mind.”

Sok May said that she studies very hard to maintain her position somewhere near the top of the class. Once she has graduated, she will seek employment for a year or so, save the money and then use it to fund postgraduate study abroad. She intends to continue the study of literature in Australia, New Zealand or the U.S. She is currently assessing the range of scholarships on offer from various institutions to help her forward her intentions.

She said that study abroad would provide her with a unique insight into the habits and mores of a developed nation. She intends to bring these discoveries home to Cambodia and apply them to the personnel needs of the nation.

Sok Mey also said that besides her studies with UC and RULES, she is also in the fifth year of a course in Chinese Literature, conducted by the Tuan Huo School in Phnom Penh. As if an in-depth knowledge of English and Khmer was not accomplishment enough, she is also a fluent speaker and writer of Mandarin.

Nhean Sokhon, 49, father of Sok Mey, is understandably proud of his daughter’s achievements. She joins her brother who is studying third year Banking and Finance at the National University of Management in Phnom Penh.

“I am very proud because I have a good daughter and I wish her all success in the future. My duty as a father is to support her and her brother help them become the best they can be. I will therefore encourage her to take her studies as far as she can,” he told The Cambodia Weekly. “Abilities such as hers should not be wasted. They should be placed at the service of the best professional organizations, though I would be overjoyed if she would consent to work for the government.”

Sokhon said that his daughter developed the study habit from an early age. She was supported in this by excellent teachers at primary and high school in Phnom Penh. This habit has stayed with her and she brings home glowing reports from her instructors on a monthly basis.

“I am very happy and honored by my daughter’s sense of purpose and strong will,” he said. “I am confident that my daughter will realize her dreams and became a manager in future.” All who know her at The University of Cambodia share her father’s confidence. ////

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