I was in a frisbee tournament in Vietnam. I was apart of a mixed team and was put on a team where we had never train as a team before. It was difficult, but through the past experience, we played as a team really well. We were in two universal games, but we didn’t win any of those. Anyway, we won our last game. Many of the points that we lost were by 1 or three, which wasn’t many points apart. I was excited to be on the team and I am also would encourage everyone and women specifically to play sport. It doesn’t just help to support their health, but being in the competition is even more fun!
“Failing is common, and we might fail many times just like when we started walking.”
This is a quote from my coming of age narrative writing. I wrote about an unforgettable time in my life. I fail because of the situation at that moment, but it was a lesson learn experience. It will never leave my heart until the end of my life because it was a huge loss. Within the writing process, I’ve also learned to write creatively as well as making my narrative essay interesting in a way that readers can picture what I was trying to communicate. It took up lots of works and edits to make the narrative become as almost perfect as it can be.
In math class, I am currently taking an AP statistics course. Lots of efforts and times have to be put into it. I find it fun, but challenging at the same time since it’s a college level course with high vocabularies and plus English is my second language. I experience learning math in a distinctive way than how I used to feel.
Physics is not just a study of forces or motion, but math also has a role in physics as well in the process of calculating forces acted on an object. We learned about forces and energy. We also learned to apply formulas to an exercise. It is challenging since I always have to be organized in solving the problems or else I can mess up the whole thing. I like that there is a variety of ways that can be done in the solving process, so if I am not sure how to solve a problem, I can always try to make a connection to things I already know and solve it.
It is essential to know why would we do what we do at a certain time of year. Pjum Ben is one of Cambodian’s festival that occurs every September and it lasted for 15 days. For us that are alive have to go to the pagoda to offer foods to monks so monks can send the food to our family members that have already passed away. I worked with my other three members to create a book related to the history of Pjum Ben as well as practices that people do when the festival occurs so that we have information to look through when we need it in the future.
Here is the link to the book that we have created:
25th November, 2017
I was a part of Tedx planning committee. I found it interesting to organize an event like this because I can be a part of a group to lead an inspirational event. Organizing an event is not a simple task to do since there are just so many works involve to make an event flow smoothly. I also like the fact that I can work with other students from other schools to learn from them about how they organize an event as well as just getting to them more. I have a fear of meeting new people since I am a shy person, but I had overcome it.
I signed up to spend my entire weekend at an event, which was located in Siem Reap called Khmer Literature Festival. It was a really fascinating event to be a part of. I met lots of both young and old writers as well as poets coming together to share about works they had done. There were lots of interesting books that were being shown at the festival. Listening to writers’ experiences, I really feel like they were so inspiring and some speeches were really got me shifted me onto thinking about writing my own book too. As I heard, stories that were written were really related to author’s real life or an actual person’s life. Besides books, there was a circus show during the event as well, which I enjoyed a lot. I was also glad to see the art performance that was done by a Cambodian grandpa that was at about his 70s. The performance was like a tail that was told from generation to generation, so he was acting as various characters using different voices.
I am also proud to share my opinion about this first-ever event that was being held for its first time in Siem Reap as well.
Name of course: Animation
Learning Facilitator: Sothea
Number of students: 12
Drawing plays a huge role in animation. Animators require drawing as part of their background. There were so many drawing tips that were taught to us. We practiced drawing various pictures of things like human, animals, plants and so on. I found it tough, but I knew that it wasn’t impossible. Besides drawing in class, we were all required to draw 20 drawings per week of anything we want to further our skills. We also had a trip to iThinkAsia, which is an animation studio to get an idea of the animation process. After I’ve done all of these work, I know how difficult it was to animate a movie that could entertain the entire world since there were so many artworks, sounds, and designs involved in the process. To publish a movie that is about an hour long could take animators years to do it.
First year of high school. The school year of 2016 and 2017. It has been really challenging including learning to be independent like cooking by our own and be sure that assignments are ready on time. Besides, it is a year that every second count. Whatever useful things I work on will be counted. Another school year had passed, the course of 2016 – 2017 is over. Thinking about changing Cambodia, there are many projects and events that I would like to point out. There were three seven weeks courses and three events that I had participated and that that they helped to create lots of positive impacts to Cambodia either in the present of Cambodia and in the future.
One of the seven weeks courses calls Waste Management. Our main focus was to create our own business plan for an idea of compost business, where we will work with villagers to collect inorganic and organic wastes. There were many things that needed to be solved and find out, so we as a team discussed and worked on various segments of the business plan on how the business should be operated. At the same time, we also created four tumblers and we were using those tumblers to test out compost idea. We also contacted companies that are currently working on compost and are having more experience in this kind of job to share us some ideas as well. We got the idea jot down and made sure it is ready for the next group to carry on. Then we also shared the idea to an organization called “Little Hearts” because they are also working on similar project. At the same time, Climate Summit has also played an important role in making Cambodia into a better place as well. Our main focus in that project was to run an event related to climate change issue that occurs in real life in the present. We had invited young Cambodians, who were 9th graders to participate in the event. It was the first Climate Summit being held in Cambodia. It was a tremendous experience when we get to contribute the world’s issues to this new generation so that they would also take the action and deal with the issue in order to make a modification. The event adjusted participants’ perspective so much. This statement is based on a survey that we did with every participant before and after they participated in the event. Last but not least is a project called Robotics. This is the first course ever of learning more advanced robotics besides the Lego robot. We had created our own robot and programmed it to work. We then got the robot to a competition in Taiwan. We didn’t really do well since it is our first time combined with lack of materials issue. But anyway, we got our robot to process and we were awarded from judges the “Judges Award”. We are really looking forward to improve our robot if we get another opportunity. When we came back from Taiwan, we went out to many events to share our experience and also to inspire other Cambodian students to be in technology and to be in competitions internationally.
Besides curriculum education in school, I also have some projects going on with other students. One of them is Tos Tov. This is an idea to aid everyone from ended up wasting their time waiting so long for buses or taxies to leave. This idea also encourage Cambodians to be more into technology. We are currently working on the project and we expect to make it work as soon as we can. It is challenging since me and my teammates also got school work, cooking as well chores to be responsible for, but we manage to find time to meet up anyway and work on our project. In the process of enhancing the application, we all went out to interview people to get a big picture of what our target audience like. As soon as the idea launch for everyone to use, there will be a huge change and now we are changing people little by little. Another event I had been to was Hackathon. It was a two whole days event and required participants to come up with ideas in creating application that will aid to deal with the word’s issue or their country’s issue. There were four members in our team and we got our idea down to health issue. The project will help to improve people’s livelihood since they just require to get on their smartphones or non-smart phones for approximately five minutes. The app will be like a real doctor based on real study. The online doctor ask questions to patients and make some statement like what kind of infection the patients has and whether the patients should exercise or go discuss with real doctors. We also got awarded in third place as “Promising Team”. We have a faith that as soon as the application ready to get to the world, there will be a huge, positive impact on Cambodians and the rest of the world. Last but not least, this is a sport related program that I participated in, which is Frisbee. I spend 3 hours in the afternoon every Sunday to practice. I also got selected to be apart of the Cambodian international team to go and compete in Manila, Philippines. The sport is challenging and also is new to Cambodia. But, I am glad and proud of myself that I can be on the team as well as being an international team representing Cambodia as well as women into sport. From this, there will be more girls get inspired and also believe that girls could also play the sport.
I am proud to be a Cambodian and that I get to do all these amazing projects to help develop my country. Even though it’s not in a huge way, but by taking this little baby steps, some days there will be big changes. I am looking forward to doing more projects next year and keep the changes going.