A Short but Sweet Journey

By Ouk Suntharoth,

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Hello there!

If you are reading this, I just want to let you know that this is my last piece of writing for Voices for Youth. The twelve weeks of blogging training have gone by in the blink of an eye. I am not ready but it is time to say goodbye now.

Throwback to August 14th:
I still remember vividly getting an email from VoY saying that I had been selected to their program. I was eager to attend the different sessions, and I still remember the first class where everyone was so shy and quiet and the delicious refreshments 😀

It was an unforgettable opportunity to get to know and work with the other ten blogging trainees (friends) despite coming from different backgrounds. They were also very helpful and understanding. I remember one time when I lost my notes from a training session, one blogging trainee, without hesitation, send me her notes so that I could fill out a survey (which was more like a quiz to me).

In addition, I would like to extend my appreciation once again towards UNICEF for providing not just a platform for me to share my thoughts on youth issues, but also a chance for me to get to know many amazing and like-minded people. Moreover, I also would like to say thank you to Bong Sorita for being the best, most understanding, helpful and supportive mentor who always gives constructive feedback on my raw blog posts. Her words somehow motivated me to keep on writing, regardless of the many mistakes I made.

From the first to the last week of VoY, I have learned so many things such as how to improve my writing style and skills for blogging, online security, Creative Commons License, and many more which I have not learned or heard of before. On top of that, I also got to learn a lot from the guest speakers, Bong Kounila about monetizing blog posts and Tyler about plagiarism. I am also very appreciative that VoY allows us, blogging trainees, to give our feedback on the program in order to make it even better for future trainees.

It is unbelievable that now we have to say goodbye. Nothing lasts forever but I am grateful that VoY is a happy ending for me and hopefully for the other blogging trainees as well.

Last but not least, being a part of VoY 2018 has been nothing but a precious and educational experience that I will cherish forever.

Thank You Everyone!

Thanks for the memories!

Congratulations Class of 2018!!




Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.

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