Thy (on left) is a much more confident person today, after three years with EFC, and she attributes much of her confidence to her experiences in our program.
Like all EFC students, Thy studied at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). She is lucky to have had dorm space at the nearby dormitory. Thy majored in Khmer Literature and finished her studies in June 2018. Thy also worked part-time at RUPP’s Department of Media and Communication, where she learned a lot while making a modest salary to help support her studies.
Thy excels at languages. In addition to English, which she studied at the highly regarded Australia Centre for Education after finishing the English program at RUPP, she studied Sanskrit and Thai.
Thy is considering getting her Master’s Degree in Education from Thailand, and would like to work at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts or become a teacher. To become a teacher, she will need to pass a very hard exam to qualify to teach in the public schools. Many university students take the exam each year, and only the number of new teachers needed for the upcoming school year pass. Maybe surprisingly, if Thy does not pass the exam she can still teach in private schools. Thy also is considering working with the police system, as she is interested in improving the way it currently works.
Thy has big goals ahead of her – and though her next steps in education are far away from her family’s agricultural life, the EFC community will always be behind her.