29th June 2017
Alumni for Modern International School
Greetings, first of all my name is Uy Samphallarith, commonly known as Phallarith at M.I.S. I’m a 23 year old former student who finished the first generation of the English program, and the second generation in the Khmer Program. Plus, a former head coach of the M.I.S Youth football team and Academic Coordinator of the Kid’s program.
These days, I am serving as an International Relation officer at the Office of the Council of Ministers and an active member of the Union of Youth Federation of Cambodia, the nationwide youth organization running various projects including volunteering and social works. I was also given the chance to join the National Police academy which I passed the entrance exam earlier this year, but I rejected due to personal reasons.
In September, I will be heading to the United Kingdom to pursue my Master’s Degree in Security, Intelligence and Diplomacy at the University of Buckingham under the British Government’s prestigious Chevening Scholarship.
I can say the English language skills have been my strongest ability in academic life and I have been to all most all the well-known English language institutions in Phnom Penh, plus 2 bachelor degrees in English Communication and International Studies. I still have a lot of fond memories and my biggest gratitude owed to M.I.S.
I can say the foundation I received in my younger years were from M.I.S, having spent 4 amazing years at M.I.S English programs, and having so many great friends and brilliant teachers over the years helped add the ingredients to the mix of success I have achieved today.
M.I.S was like a home to me, not a school. It has given me so much over the years. Some of my favorite memories were how excited we all were every 1st of June every year to visit the water park and all the fun Fridays in class after a long hard week full of intense learning.
No matter who and what I have become these days, I have to thank my classmates, staffs and teachers at M.I.S for turning me into a citizen who can contribute to my country and stand out among those of my age in society.
Education is important, but it cannot be forced. Students must enjoy their education. I enjoy learning, and I always reach out for my dream. To all my younger generation out there, always believe in yourself and your abilities and never let anyone stop you from reaching your goals and dreams. I was told by many that I can’t do it, but I did it all with the attitude of not giving up. Stay cool, stay inspired, and do what you love.