Student Portrait

My name is Yoon. I am Karen, one of the minority ethnic groups in Myanmar. I am the youngest among four siblings. I have two sisters and one brother. The others are all married and living in Myanmar.

When I was 13 years old, my family moved to Mae Sot, Thailand, because of the political situation in Myanmar. After finishing grade 6, I had to leave school in Myanmar and continue my education in a migrant school in Mae Sot called Children’s Development Centre (CDC).

My parents both passed away the next year, when I was just 14 years old. After that, I had no one to support me until I was able to contact my uncle. He agreed to support my education until I completed grade 12.

During high school, I enjoyed participating in school activities and was a member of a Karen student organization called Oasis. I participated in Karen dances and other performances.

After I finished high school at CDC, there was no one to support me. Fortunately, I was able to get a paid internship at the Mae Tao Clinic for seven months. I also worked part-time in a coffee shop at Mae Sot International Airport on weekends and volunteered to teach Burmese to the foreign staff and volunteers.

During my internship, I took an entrance exam for the General Educational Development Program at BEAM Education Foundation and was accepted into the program. When I arrived in Chiang Mai to study at BEAM, I faced many challenges finding the necessary money to pay for dorm fees and living expenses.

Fortunately, I received a partial scholarship from CDC that covered my GED exam fee and living costs. For the school fees and educational visa fee, I borrowed money from Mae Tao Clinic. Eventually, I completed the GED program successfully. This year, despite the COVID crisis, I was accepted by Mae Fa Luang University (MFU) to study Business Administration in Chiang Rai.

 About Yoon

  • Age: 22
  • Ethnicity: Karen
  • Country: Myanmar

 School & Program

  • Mae Fah Luang University
  • Bachelor’s, Business Administration
  • 1st Year in Program

Goals & Dreams

  • Become an HR manager
  • Repay those who have helped me overcome losing both of my parents

 Loan Details

  • Loan Amount: $2,150
  • Amount Left To Fund: $1,875
  • Contract Duration: 11 years
  • Status: In School
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After my parents passed away, I had a very difficult time. I was forced to take care of myself and stayed in the dormitory until grade 12. I did my best to stay strong and fight for my future. I love to sing in my free time and enjoy designing dresses. My strengths are that I believe in myself and never give up on my dreams.

My weakness is feeling sad about having lost my family. Fortunately, I always meet good people who are willing to help me. One day, I hope to pay them back by helping others who have faced difficult situations like me.

Hopefully, I can use what I learn from my program at MFU to become a human resources manager. I really enjoy working in this field, and if I have a chance I will apply for a management role and manage a department in the future. A university education can give me the business and management skills I need to succeed.

To conclude, I would like to be a great leader for my community and help the next generation of students. I have faced many challenges in my own life, so I understand others who have little or no parental support and hope to help them as much as I can. Although I don’t have parents like most of my friends, I will never give up. I will do what it takes to earn a higher education degree.

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

Yoon

Yoon

“I have faced many challenges in my own life, so I understand others who have little or no parental support and hope to help them as much as I can. Although I don’t have parents like most of my friends, I will never give up. I will do what it takes to earn a higher education degree.”

Q&A With Yoon

Survey Fun

What is your favorite memory?
High school graduation
How would your friends describe you?
Honest and funny
What is the one thing that isn’t taught in school but should be?
Leadership skills
What is/was your favorite subject in school?
Science
What skill or ability do you most wish you had (but lack today)?
Driving a car
If you could do anything you wanted now, what would it be?
Earn a university degree
Where would you most like to travel?
United States of America
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Chicken
What’s your dream job?
Admin/HR Manager

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