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Nit Mengsrun, Banteay Meanchey, UWC Changshu China, 2019-2021


Mengsrun (centre) and friends at UWC Changshu China

I am finally here at UWC CSC despite being almost six weeks late due to delayed visa processes. When I arrived l, I received a warm welcome from the people here and was surprised to find how friendly they are. They also provided me full support in choosing my IB subjects and arranging extra classes with teachers to make up for all the lessons I missed. They further helped me catch up and understand the school routine. All these supports made it possible for me to deal with the challenging academic life of IB despite my struggle with language and being late. There are times when I feel very down because of my struggle and homesickness, yet I always feel motivated by the support I receive from the people around me.

Before I came, I watched a lot of YouTube videos about the school, and I just love it now that I am here. Everything is so awesome. I met new talented people from different walks of life and we started sharing our experience and talking about our country, currency, languages to understand each other well. Although I miss home, I feel at home here with these people. I went to a Chinese village with friends and got to taste Chinese food, although I still miss Cambodian food. I am learning a lot from these ongoing experiences at UWC. They help me to discover who I am and what I am doing here. I feel truly lucky to be apart of UWC CSC and to continue this journey for the next two years.