week three positive:entry "Focusing on problems"

Posted April 5, 2009 from Cambodia

I always fought for my education. Education is crucial in my life. I will not say that I am unlucky that I was born in a poor family. Moreover, I am grateful to my parents. I am really proud of being their daughter. I always faced difficulty to reach education. My parents had no money for me to study in university. They really want me to get higher education. However, government gave free education only in high school. It means that when I finished high school, I would stop studying. If I wanted to enter university, I had to earn by myself. I had to study hard to get scholarships from a government or organization.

This condition encouraged me to keep focusing on studying. I knew I could not deal with this situation. Thing that I could do is to study hard. I promised with myself that I had to get scholarships from a government or organization. I had an actual schedule. For example, I got up in early morning to help my mother prepare some food to sell. Then, I packed some food to school. When I came back, I had to wash about 200 dishes. At that time, I did not feel discourage at all. Moreover, I had to practice math and physic exercises. Nearly finish my high school; I applied for scholarships from organizations and government sectors. Luckily, I got scholarship from a government for school fee and from an organization for board and room. I have some suggestion that even though we face some problems, we have to confront them. Although they come in different ways, do not fear of them. I do believe all problems always have solution to solve.

Although I cross this obstacle, still I face problems. I decided to apply to abroad, and I got scholarship to Bangladesh. Therefore, I gave up all of scholarship from my own countries because I wanted to get higher education. In my country I study in my native language at university. Thus, I did not face much difficulty. However, when I study abroad I studied in English, and it is much more difficult than my country. I confess that I never have regrets at all that I gave up scholarships in country and to study in Bangladesh. Moreover, I am so grateful to get this chance. I will solve this problems the same as when I was at high school.

In short, life is like a rollercoaster. Sometimes, we succeed and sometimes, we fail. As human being, when we fail, we hurt. Yes, we should let out to get this feeling, but do not let this problems pull us down. We should conquer them. Do not think negatively because I used to experience. Whenever I thought negatively, nothing improves, but I just hurt myself. Finally, I have a comment to all my audience. Focusing on problems, do not afraid of them.

Comments 4

  • Jacqueline Patiño
    Apr 09, 2009
    Apr 09, 2009

    Dear Phasy:

    You may not have had money, but you have always been rich because you are able to see beyond what is evident. Please go on. Let the world get amazed by your true colors. Shine more and more everyday. Don't let anyone's sweet talk get you off the road you have began.

    You are doing fine. Thanks for keeping it up. Be aware that God has incredible gifts that await to be yours, embrace them all and be happy throughout the journey.

    Lots of love to you,


  • phasy
    Apr 09, 2009
    Apr 09, 2009

    Thank your for your encouragement. i really happy to that you are glad to read my journal. now, i am more and more clearly see that Web 2.0 is a better place for me to express my feeling, my idear, and my vision. With love Phasy

  • amelia
    Apr 10, 2009
    Apr 10, 2009


    I have been so impressed and moved by your posts! Thank you for sharing on Pulse Wire. I would like to invite you to join a new group on Pulse Wire, The Cambodia Cafe, which provides a space for inspiring voices like yours and discussion surrounding Cambodia. I think you would also be a great moderator for the group, which would just mean checking in and adding new posts, commenting on other posts, and helping to get vibrant dialogues going!

    Go here to join the group: http://worldpulsemagazine.com/pulsewire/groups/8410, and feel free to re-post entries you have already written or something new in the group's journal!

    Thank you again for all your words, and I hope to see you in the Cambodia Cafe!

    All my best, Amelia

  • Patricia Andersson
    Apr 13, 2009
    Apr 13, 2009

    Hi Phasy --

    I'm one of your VOF Listeners this week, and I've gone back through and read all your postings to get a better sense of who you are. I'm very impressed with you and with your determination to obtain a higher education against so many odds. You're an inspiration! I really appreciate the stories you tell about what life is like for you and the difficulties in understanding the importance of education for so many in your village. I also appreciate how difficult it is to express yourself in a language that is not your own, and want to say that I see a definite improvement in your English as your journal entries go on. I think you've got a voice worth listening to, and a compelling perspective to share from your corner of the world. Please keep writing!

    Warmly, Patricia

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