By Amrin Pisey,
I can’t believe that in the blink of an eye, my journey with Voices of Youth (VoY) has come to an end. I still remember that after I got an email from UNICEF saying that I was selected for the program’s interview, I was over the moon. I’m happy I let the chance pass, despite having an accident and not being able to go for the interview on the scheduled date back. After three months with VoY, I can truy say that this program has given me a lot of amazing memories.
At the beginning, I made a lot of mistakes in terms of grammar and content. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed in myself at that time. However, all of those constructive feedback provided by Sorita, my amazing mentor, really motivated and helped me a lot. Following that, I started to be open-minded and learned from the mistakes I made.
Not only did I learn about grammar usages from her, but also very useful and inspiring things including different writing styles, how to write catchy introductions, how to avoid plagiarism, where to find good quality pictures, how to take photos and gained more general knowledge on social issues through both face-to-face training and online sessions.
Most importantly, I also had a chance to meet an inspiring blogger, sister Kounila, and learned from her experiences as a blogger. She taught us about copyrights, cyber-bullying as well as how to keep our online platform safe.
Additionally, I can’t ignore the fact that VoY gave me a chance to meet like-minded people and exchange our knowledge and experiences. Apart from learning from sister Sorita, I also learned a lot from my fellow bloggers. They all are friendly, open-minded and eager to learn from each other.
Despite the challenges I encountered during the journey with VoY, including writer’s block, time management, etc., I finally successfully completed this mission. I would like to show my appreciation and gratitude to UNICEF for the warm welcome from the very beginning until the end. Thank you for giving me the chance to write about the issues I want to share and help my voice to be heard. Thank you bong Sorita for always being a supportive and helpful mentor. And thank you everyone for making this moment more memorable and marvelous. I will always remember this amazing journey and keep it in my life’s chapter. 🙂