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Men Monirothanak, Phnom Penh, Pearson College UWC, 2019-2021


Monirothanak (right) and friends during her first two months at Pearson College UWC

Truth be told, campus life at Pearson is busy and exhilarating. So exhilarating in fact that it could get overwhelming sometimes. Schedules are jam-packed and there have been so many new experiences crammed into two months that it feels like I’ve been here for a long, long time. The silver lining is that I actually have control over what my schedule consists of. Things may be crazy but it’s just the right kind of crazy. The energy, the thrill, the excitement that followed doing the activities I’m interested in and the people I’m doing it with has been absolutely incredible.Aside from the occasional waves of nostalgia of home, I’m quickly adjusting to this place. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the friends and family in Cambodia but I take this as an opportunity to grow in a different environment, with all the different and diverse people I live and study with from over 150 countries. Being here still feels surreal sometimes but seeing change as the only constant, I'm glad that I get to choose change as being in Pearson.