My name is Khine Mon. Born in Yangon, I am the youngest of two siblings. I have lived with my family in Yangon for my entire life. From the time I was born, my family has lived in the staff residences where only people who work in government offices can live.
For sure, I know that life isn’t only made up of fun and happy moments. I know that difficulties and challenges are also integral components of our lives. One of my biggest and most significant challenges was paying for my undergraduate tuition fees since my parents were not able to help me cover all my university expenses.
It was a difficult time for me. I had to walk a fine line between full-time studies and part-time work to have money to cover my expenses. There is no way to describe how triumphant and proud I felt at the beginning of each month, when I received my check and planned how I would spend my salary.
After passing five years this way and finally graduating, I accepted an internship at my teacher’s organization. Though I qualified for a master’s program, I decided to work first to earn money and support my family. Years passed, during which I consistently used my earnings to support my parents and sister.
In ten years of employment, I consistently evaluated myself and reviewed my life plans. Ultimately, I decided to pursue a master’s degree for my career development. Over several years, I repeatedly applied for scholarships to continue my education, but I was never able to secure enough scholarship funding to cover the costs.
Looking back, there is not a thing that I would change. Knowing that I had to work harder than everyone else allowed me to become the person I am today. Becoming a university scholar and pursuing a master’s degree before I turn 35 years old has long been one of my goals in life. In 2019, I received a partial scholarship from Mahidol University but could not join the program because I lacked have the necessary funding to get through the two-year program.
About Khine Mon
- Age: 35
- Ethnicity: Burmese, Shan
- Country: Myanmar
School & Program
- Mahidol University
- Master’s, ASEAN Studies for Sustainable Development
- 1st Year in Program
Goals & Dreams
- Found an organization that can support development activities in Myanmar
- Buy a home for my family
- Loan Amount: $4,525
- Amount Left To Fund: $3,475
- Contract Duration: 12 years
- Status: In School
What Others Are Saying About Khine Mon
Currently, I am planning to enroll in the Master of Arts program in ASEAN Studies for Sustainable Development at Mahidol University, which commences in August, 2020. The university has offered me a partial scholarship, although I will need a grant or other financial assistance to cover the remaining tuition fees and other expenses.
After earning my degree, I plan to return to Myanmar and serve my people and country using the knowledge and skills I gain from the program at Mahidol.
I am confident that Zomia will provide a wonderful opportunity for me to continue my studies and help me achieve a lifelong dream.
Written by Khine Mon with editing assistance from Zomia’s volunteer editors.
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