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Kin Ratana, Banteay Meanchey, UWC Robert Bosch College, 2019-2021


Ratana and friends during her first semester at UWC Robert Bosch College, Germany

I find life at UWC Robert Bosch to be very exciting because I get to explore many new things here. Although I struggled with the English language for the first two weeks, it is no longer a big issue for me. This is because of the help I continue to receive from my teachers and the student bodies at the school.

There are a lot of things to study for an IB student, which can sometimes cause a lot of stress. But with better time management and clear schedule, I am able to manage all the academic workload. In terms of social life, I find that students here always make each other feel at home. We live in a small community that is rich in life’s experiences. If it is hard to live in one’s own society, then it is even harder to live with people from other societies. Yet, only 20 minutes sitting at a dining table with students from other countries, it’s amazing how much I can learn from them. When we face any problem living together, we address it by sharing with each other our ideas. As a result, we often reach an effective solution to solve that problem. Because of our cultural differences, it is not unusual for us to misunderstand each other. However, if we take a moment to explain to each other, we can make the situation better for all of us.

UWC is a truly beautiful experience to have even though it can be overwhelming sometimes. And I am proud to be a part of this diverse community. It has opened my eyes to see how big the world really is and gives me the opportunity to explore so many things in it.