Student Portrait

My name is Eint Myat. I was born in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar but have been living in Thailand for over nine years. I have three other family members: my mother, my father, and a younger brother. My brother is studying in No (1), Basic Education High School, Myawaddy, Myanmar.

We moved to Thailand because of economic and personal challenges, among them a religious issue. My family is Muslim, and in Myanmar, Muslims are very often oppressed. In school, I was sometimes bullied by my classmates, and even teachers made hurtful remarks about Muslims. I attended classes from kindergarten to grade 5 in Yangon. My parents decided to move to Mae Sot, Thailand, just across the Thai-Myanmar border, to escape our situation.

I began grade 6 at Children’s Development Centre (CDC) in Mae Sot. but my parents did not have money to support my education. Still, life was not so bad in other ways. After finishing grade 8 at CDC School, my mother decided I should attend grade 9 in Myawaddy. My parents wanted me to pass the matriculation exam in Myanmar because they thought I could attend a Myanmar university.

In grade 9, I lived in Mae Sot, Thailand, but my school was in Myawaddy, Myanmar. Every day, I crossed the river to go to school. In 2017, I passed the matriculation exam but did not enroll in a Myanmar university. At that time, my teacher taught me English grammar and let me study grade 12 in the Boarding High School for Orphans and Helpless Youth (BHSOH).

Thankfully, I was told about a GED training program and learned that I could attend an international university on scholarship. I sat and passed the entrance exam to prepare for the GED at Bridging Educational Access to Migrants (BEAM) in Chiang Mai.

 About Eint Myat

  • Age: 20
  • Ethnicity: Burmese
  • Country: Myanmar

 School & Program

  • Rangsit University
  • Bachelor’s, International Business
  • 2nd Year in Program

Goals & Dreams

  • Become a successful businesswoman
  • Repay those who have supported my education
  • Travel to the Maldives

 Loan Details

  • Loan Amount: $1,600
  • Amount Left To Fund: $1,475
  • Contract Duration: 10 years
  • Status: In School
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Soon, I found a donor to support my studies in Chiang Mai. My donor was a volunteer teacher from BHSOH, and I also received a partial scholarship from Mae Tao Clinic to cover my living expenses. With financial support from my teachers, I passed the GED exam in 2019.

Currently, I am studying International Business at Rangsit University with a scholarship that covers half of my tuition. I am actively engaged in various student activities. I am a member of the Collective Social Project (CSP), a student group promoting social betterment. I recently participated in a social awareness project with CSP, planting mangrove trees on the Chaopraya River. I also helped organize and participated in the CSP Annual Debate Competition, in which my team won the first prize. I am a member of the International College Student Union as well.

When I was in Mae Sot, I volunteered as a teacher at CDC School for two months. I taught science, social studies, and art for kindergarten, grade 2, and grade 3. I began volunteering in June and was planning to be there about six months, but I was accepted by Rangsit University with a partial scholarship and am set to begin in August.

Furthermore, I always helped my parents when I was young. During holidays, I folded and cut clothes the whole day. When I sewed, I earned pocket money from my mother. During my high school days, I volunteered to teach primary school students when the teachers had to attend meetings or be somewhere else.

After finishing university, I plan to work at a non-governmental organization in order to help others because I can never forget the difficulties I faced and how others helped me overcome them. After I graduate, I hope to become a successful businesswoman and donate my money to refugees and poor people in my country.

I always do my best in whatever activities I take on, which is why I am now able to continue my university education. After finishing my program, I will do everything I can to repay my parents and everyone else who helped me achieve my goals.

Written by Eint Myat with editing assistance from Zomia’s volunteer editors.

Eint Myat

Eint Myat

“After finishing university, I plan to work at a non-governmental organization in order to help others because I can never forget the difficulties I faced and how others helped me overcome them.”

Q&A With Eint Myat

Survey Fun

What is your favorite memory?
High school life
How would your friends describe you?
Talkative, lizard, intelligent
What is/was your favorite subject in school?
Mathematics and Science
What skill or ability do you most wish you had (but lack today)?
Public speaking
If you could do anything you wanted now, what would it be?
Travel around the world
Where would you most like to travel?
Maldives
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Fried chicken
What’s your dream job?
Accountant
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Investing in my business and donating profits from my business to refugees and others in need

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