Getting Nith to America!!
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My friend, Nith, who I met as a translator in Cambodia has been accepted to NIU to study Comparative Politics and International Relations. Nith has overcome many obstacles to study in the US. Her family is from Siem Reap, she attended ...

Hi Everyone, My friend, Nith, who I met as a translator in Cambodia has been accepted to NIU to study Comparative Politics and International Relations. Nith has overcome many obstacles to study in the US. Her family is from Siem Reap, she attended her undergraduate education at the Royal University of Phnom Penh on a scholarship (she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and English as a Second Language). In the US, it is easy to take education for granted. With this, I would like to point out how significant Nith's achievements are. In a county where only 26% of females attend secondary school (equivalent to our high school); she not only graduated but went on to University on a full scholarship. After graduating, she started working for the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam). At DC-Cam, she worked on genocide education and awareness. This is where I met Nith and where she told me about her life-long dream of studying in the US. This is part of Nith's personal statement explaining why she wants to come study at NIU: "There are a number of reasons I wish to study in the United States. First, graduate schools in the United States are the most prestige and qualified schools compared to those in other countries. They aim to provide widely accredited education and practical skills to students in a manner that ensures students can effectively utilize these practical knowledge and skills to maintain their personal progress and development of their country. For instance, many of my former professors are making most constructive contributions to the intellectual growth of young Cambodians through their teaching career upon the completion of their studies in the United States. Therefore, I am compelled to earn an international graduate degree from the states in a hope to further enhance my knowledge and skills so that I am able to actively and potentially engage in the development of my community. Second, it is my lifelong belief that education is a key to alleviate poverty. After decades of prolonged civil war until the country finally attained peace in the late 1990s, every remnant of Cambodians were left with losses, grief, pain, poverty, and illiteracy, including both of my parents. Almost all have constantly grappled with these hardships until today. Born and raised under poverty, I have experienced how desperate my family has been when our rice ran out of jar, while we had barely enough pennies to afford a proportionate of rice and food to feed our stomach. Through these experiences, I realized how education can maintain stability of our living and help eradicate poverty. Therefore, with accredited education from the United States, I am strongly convinced that I am able to be a key actor to ensure that poverty is to be reduced by means of better education. For the future growth of my community, I believe only proper and qualified education in the United States can do." In order to come to NIU, Nith had to take the TOEFL exam (English-language exam), and write numerous letters. Due to her merit, she has been offered a full tuition waiver! This is a HUGE accomplishment for a student from Cambodia. Unfortunately, this does not cover the fees ($1,400 a semester), room and board, or the flight (around $1,200 each way). Nith has defied all odds, and is so very close to her dream of studying in the United States. There have been several people who have helped her in this effort. A retired NIU professor has offered to let Nith live at her home and provide her with meals. Nith has also been doing independent fundraising in Cambodia in order to save money for her flight and fees. When she gets to NIU, she will likely work for the library to earn extra money to pay her second semester fees. In Cambodia, where the GNI per capita is $760 USD, raising the $1,200 to get to the States is an outrageous amount of money, whereas in the US, this dollar amount is far more attainable. I think we are all guilty of taking for granted the convenience and quality of our US education. It is inspiring to see a student go to such lengths to study. Nith wants this education to better herself, her family and her country. Upon graduating from NIU, Nith intends to take her knowledge back to Cambodia to help her nation develop. Together, we can help Nith achieve her lifelong dream of studying in the United States. Based on her past of exceptional academic achievements, I am confident that she will thrive in the United States higher education system. In August, I am going to throw Nith a welcome to America party so she can meet and thank everyone who has helped her pursue her dream of studying in the US! Our goal for this initial fundraiser is $2,000. This will help Nith pay for a flight to the US and give her a good base to pay her first semester fees. We would really appreciate any donation, even a dollar will help with towards this effort! Thank you in advance!!

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