By Ouk Suntharoth
© Ouk Suntharoth / 2018
Oh hi there!
Welcome to my first blog post!! As I am writing this, it is midnight and I have been sitting in front of my laptop screen for a few hours, trying to come up with a creative introduction but I still couldn’t. So let’s just start it off the simple way.
My name is Ouk Suntharoth, a twenty-two-year-old former student of the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL), in the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), majoring in International Studies.
Time does fly really fast. It has been more than a year since I graduated from the institution that gave me so many bittersweet memories to cherish. It still feels like yesterday but now every one of my friends is parting ways to follow their own dreams. Meanwhile I somehow still feel uncertain and lost about my future.
During my four years at the university, I was not a straight A’s student but I still spared some time volunteering at several events. I also interned for seven months at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFA) and for three months at the Phnom Penh Post. These experiences have encouraged me to walk out of my comfort zone and know the real meaning of life, which was not taught at school.
One example would be during my internship at the Phnom Penh Post, which was initially a nerve-wracking experience because I was assigned to conduct interviews with people I have never met nor known before. However, as time passed by, I became more comfortable talking with strangers; My composure and confidence improved remarkably and I no longer trembled when I spoke. This experience has awakened me to realize that staying inside my own bubble actually hinders my self-development and my ability to grab the many potential opportunities ahead.
Instinctively, I am the type of person who enjoys being alone. So, having the chance to participate in the Voices of Youth (VoY) program is very helpful for an introvert like me to share my thoughts and beliefs with other people through writing. Most importantly, VoY allows me to meet with other similar-minded people and exchange our ideas; It’s where I get to work on my passion in writing, build up my resume and learn about the techniques to develop my blogging skills. These are some of the reasons that I applied for this program at UNICEF without any hesitation the moment I saw their recruitment announcement.
I always regard the quote, “If others can do it, you can do it too,” as my motto in life and it fits perfectly in this case because the twelve weeks of the training program will be a thrilling and challenging experience; however, I am excited, committed and ready to face those challenges and produce meaningful blogs for you to read.
Lastly, I would like to show my appreciation towards UNICEF for offering such a golden opportunity for many Cambodian youths to write about certain issues they are concerned about and be the platform where they can share their messages to the rest of the world.
Well I think this is it for my self-introduction and I hope that we share something in common. I am looking forward to partake in the many training sessions with the dynamic team at UNICEF.
Thank you for spending your precious time reading my blog post.
See you again next week.
Have a nice day!
Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.