Student Portrait

My name is Jar. I am from Phakant, Kachin State. From the time I was young, I have always been thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. Throughout my primary to high school years, I wanted to be a doctor but failed to earn high enough scores to get into medical school.

Right after I passed the matriculation examination with an average score, I began to worry about what I should do with my life. During that time, I felt much regret that I did not study hard enough to get into good universities.

After much consideration, I chose to attend the University of Distance Education to learn other skills in my spare time. As I have always wanted to go abroad, I learned English, Chinese, computers, and other subjects in Yangon and Myitkyina for several years. Moreover, for the past five years, my interests began to change.

After my matriculation examination, the conflict between ethnic armed groups and the government military in Kachin State resulted in the deaths of many people and the displacement of thousands of civilians. My desire to serve the community and bring true justice to the poor compelled me to study law. However, the more I studied law books, the more boring they seemed.

Then, in hope of finding my passion and interest, I took an online Java programming course offered by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Surprisingly, I found it both interesting and challenging because the course required logical thinking to analyze a problem and solve it by creating an algorithm in order to come up with the solution.

After contemplating my aspirations and career options, I ultimately choose to study Information Technology because I love the idea of creating something new through technology in order to make people’s lives easier and better.

 About Jar

  • Age: 22
  • Ethnicity: Kachin
  • Country: Myanmar

 School & Program

  • Payap University
  • Bachelor’s, Information Technology
  • 1st Year in Program

Goals & Dreams

  • Become a software developer
  • Become the head of an internet company

 Loan Details

  • Loan Amount: $2,475
  • Amount Left To Fund: $1,425
  • Contract Duration: 11 years
  • Status: Prefunded by Vanderes
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Being equipped with professional knowledge and skills at the university, I am confident that I will be able to make significant contributions in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in my country. Currently, the lack of facilities, infrastructure, investment, human resources, qualified technicians, policy experts and competitiveness hinders successful implementation of an ICT development plan in Myanmar.

It is undeniable that rapid development of technology increases productivity and efficiency in every field. In Myanmar, online shopping has become popular recently, and many people like to make online purchases. As technology becomes essential in our lives, some people want to take advantage of it and misuse the personal information of others available on the internet. To counter such potential threats, the country needs skilled programmers to develop digital protection.

In addition, there is an increasing risk of women in my country being sexually exploited on the internet. I would like to create an application for women so that they can protect themselves from such things. Furthermore, in Myanmar, the crime rate is escalating every year and many crimes remain unsolved. The advancement of science and technology will help solve crimes more easily and lead to better security across the country. I believe that technology is intended not only to create new things but also to have tangible effects on the community.

To conclude, upon graduating, I will be an invaluable asset to my country. I am confident that both my people and my country will benefit from my contributions. I cannot do great things by myself, thus I will bring people along with me to achieve my dream. I envision myself as a woman on the front line of the technological revolution who can make a dramatic impact in my country one day.

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

Jar

Jar

“I envision myself as a woman on the front line of the technological revolution who can make a dramatic impact in my country one day.”

Jar

Jar

“I ultimately choose to study Information Technology because I love the idea of creating something new through technology in order to make people’s lives easier and better.”

Q&A With Jar

Survey Fun

What is your favorite memory?
My mother’s praise when I got first in my Chinese examination
How would your friends describe you?
Assiduous and adventurous
What is the one thing that isn’t taught in school but should be?
Life skills or professional development
What is/was your favorite subject in school?
Physics
What skill or ability do you most wish you had (but lack today)?
Being able to support my family financially
If you could do anything you wanted now, what would it be?
Study at a university this year
Where would you most like to travel?
Switzerland
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Chicken soup made by my mom
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
The head of an internet company

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