Kheang Sathabora Mana, a student majoring in International Relations, was selected as one of the recipients for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD Program) for academic year 2011-2012. The program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
She will participate in a six month non-degree program in the U.S. starting this fall and said that she expects UGRAD to be a new learning experience that will challenge her to grow and develop. She plans to share her new knowledge and experiences with other youth when she returns to Cambodia.
When asked to share her thoughts on what made her stand out among other competitors to win this merit scholarship, she stated that students need to have clear goals for studying and life.
“My [academic and life] goals are my key to success,” said Mana. “And there’s a saying that people encounter obstacles only when they sidetrack from their goals. Indeed, I have always painted the best future for myself . . . success is not only for myself but also for everyone around me.”
She also offered advice to youth who hope to be competitive applicants for these types of exchange programs.
“The youth out there should start now; start thinking of where you are. . .and what you are going to do in the future,” said Mana. “Set a firm goal and pursue it.”
Every year, the U.S. Embassy of Cambodia sponsors several educational and cultural exchange programs for Cambodian students, including the Global UGRAD Program, Fulbright Program, Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders Program” (SUSI), and Undergraduate Intensive English Language Study Program (UIELSP). For more information about the programs and application requirements, please visit their website.
Source: UC Bulletin June 2011, Page 23