I was born in 1997 in a small village in the valley of Bhutan. My mother passed away when I was very young. My father was not well-educated so had little work back then. He raised my sisters and me by doing farm work and selling vegetables from our small garden.
In 2005, my life took a turn as my father got a job as a security guard in a factory. The factory was located in the city, so we moved from our village to live there. Adapting to city life wasn’t easy. We lived in a small room with a kitchen, one toilet, and one bedroom, which cost about 2000 Nu per month. My dad only earned 5000 Nu per month. Growing up, we experienced many hardships; sometimes there was not enough money to eat or buy the things that we needed. Still, we never gave up and continued with our lives.
Whatever our condition was, my father never gave up on us and educated us. He believes that education is the most powerful and important aspect of a person’s life. Keeping the hopes of my father, I studied hard and finished high school in 2015 with average scores.
I was sure I would be unable to continue my studies because my father did not have the money to send me to college or university. I started searching for jobs in order to help him and my sisters. I worked on construction sites and earned little money. My father still would not give up. He asked for help from many cousins, but they could not help us. I can still feel his sadness and struggles to get me here. Finally, he took out some savings from the bank and used it to get me to this university. I did not want him to struggle so initially refused, but he insisted. He sent me to this university so that one day I would be educated, stand on my own, and not depend on others. I believe I can achieve this, and one day he will no longer struggle and will be happier.
- Age: 20
- Country: Bhutan
School & Program
- Assumption University
- Bachelor’s, Nursing Science
- 2nd Year in Program
Goals & Dreams
- Become a registered nurse
- Travel the world
- Loan Amount: $3,700
- Amount Left To Fund: $3,500
- Contract Duration: 11 years
- Status: Prefunded by Zomia
What Others Are Saying About Shawn
This is a big step for me, and I am determined to make myself and my father proud. I chose the Faculty of Nursing because a nurse not only helps others but saves their lives too—not through surgery like doctors but instead by taking care of people with simple problems. Nurses also help manage pain and assist with daily living activities.
I believe when I become a nurse in the future, I will do my job not only to sustain myself but to help sick people with their basic needs. I will assist them without complaining or becoming tired of it because I believe that is what nurses are supposed to do. Therefore, I am currently studying Nursing Science at Assumption University in Thailand in hopes that one day a miracle will happen and my life will have an unexpected turn.
Written by Shawn with editing assistance from Ken, one of Zomia’s volunteer editors.
“[My father] sent me to this university so that one day I would be educated, stand on my own, and not depend on others. I believe I can achieve this, and one day he will no longer struggle and will be happier.”