By THIM Rachna
On a scorching hot day in August 2017, I nervously walked, with my heart about to jump out of my chest cavity, into the big office of UNICEF Cambodia. Swallowing dryly, I joined the meeting without knowing what to expect. That marked the beginning of my Voices of Youth journey.
After 10 weeks, the experience has turned out to be one of the remarkable occurences of my academic journey. Transitioning from my internship at an English newspaper, where I learnt to do professional news reporting and writing, I initially believed that this blogging internship would bear many similarities to my previous one. Nevertheless, this internship experience has brought me to explore many more sides of writing while at the same time also introducing me to the new digital media platforms.
Growing up rather introverted and reserved, I find it hard to express myself as I am not good at formulating my feelings into words. Therefore, previously, I have never touched deeply on writing about personal opinions or stories. However, VOY has challenged me to challenge myself and go outside of the boundaries of my comfort zone. The program has encouraged me to be vocal with my opinions, and always constantly remind me that every story is worth hearing. The experiences have empowered me to believe in myself, and broaden my perspective with the social views.
With all those sleepless nights of being worried while trying to catch up with deadlines and maintaining school works, the past 10 weeks has been one of the ultimate highlights of my academic life. It was indeed tough, but a very enjoyable journey.
I am definitely looking forward to more masterpieces from this next generation of the Voice of Youth.
Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.