Chanthang: Working to Improve Herself
Chanthang Chin is a fourth-year Chemistry major at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She comes from a large family in the province of Siem Reap, where her parents are farmers.
Chanthang’s ability to try and master new things is impressive. During her first couple years at university, she worked at a café in the University’s Japanese Center. As part of her job, she received free Japanese lessons. When she tried to quit the job because of other commitments, her boss pleaded with her to stay because he liked her so much.
Last year, Chanthang tried something new and worked as an “instructor” at a private university. The students took courses online about biology, anatomy, and embryology, while Chanthang was there to assist the students and answer their questions. It was a great experience and paid very well.
Science is Chanthang's major, but this year she also applied to get into the very competitive Institute of Foreign Languages to get a second degree in English. Chanthang didn’t get in this year, but few do the first time they apply. She is also applying for a scholarship to study in the U.S. Chanthang is not someone to have just Plan A, she is prepared with Plan B and C….
Chanthang wants to be a university professor in the future. Her desire to continue to push herself and learn new things will make her a great educator one day!
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