Kim Srey Im
My name is KIM SREY IM, I am 20 years old. I am a student at the National University of Management. I have 3 siblings and I am from Banteay Meanchey Province. My father was a Farmer and construction worker and could make about $200 per month, but now he has come back home to work in his field. It was hard to support my sister and me. I dropped out of school when I was 14 years old. I went to Thailand with my parent to work. My life in Thailand was so difficult. I learned to live and work in another country for the first time in my life. I saw many different things in Thailand and it changed my thinking of life. My work experience helped me to better understand the value of life and the importance of a good education. When I went back to school, I was more committed to learning. I wanted to be a good resource for my country and have a good job, so that I could be independent. This problem inspired me more and gave me the confidence to pursue a degree in Phnom Penh.
Unfortunately, when I finished High School, my parents couldn’t afford to pay for a university education and they wanted me to be a teacher in my hometown. But I had my own dream that I wanted to do. I was delayed for a year after my high school, but then I enrolled in law school. Now I am in sophomore but I found that it’s not what I want to do.
Now I am preparing myself to go to medical school because after I volunteered as a teacher during a health class in the slum community, I felt like I could do it. It’s been my dream since I was young and I truly know that I really want to be a doctor. My personal experience has prepared me for this career path. I looked after my mom when she was sick and now I am a counseling youth on hygiene and treatment in slums with ACE. I act as both a health coordinator and team leader of the Health project.
I earned the scholarship to stay in Advanced Centre for Empowerment. ACE taught me that I know how to communicate and live with different people from different provinces. In ACE, I am a volunteer, English and Health teacher. I am so appreciative that I can do this work to help the community. I do believe that ACE could help me get stronger, braver, and more confident through the training it provides. It especially builds up my capacity to become a good person through leadership lessons. In the future, I want to be a good doctor, I want to treat my patients with care and understanding. I believe that being a doctor is the one career that I love and want to do, so I can do it from my heart. As a health educator and coordinator, I have noted that I’m not just a small help but that I can do a lot to help them. I want to learn more so that I can help them the best that I can. I am committed to learning so that I can give patients the best treatment. I want to be a good doctor and work from my heart. I hope I can do these great things.