Vilayvann KY (Cambodia, LPC 2011-2013)
When I submitted my application to the National Committee, I had little hope of getting the scholarship because the selection procedures seemed so competitive and challenging. On January 16th, I went for the first round selection test. A month later, I learnt that I had gotten through the first stage and I had to go for the second round on February 19th, which didn’t only include written tests and interviews but also the interaction test. I was extremely tired because of the continuous activities, but that one day was a memorable experience for me. Our national committee said to us “This is a UWC experience”. I was very nervous after the test. I couldn’t describe my feeling. I was just too anxious and tired to say anything. I silently waited for the result. Soon afterwards, it was released and my heart was overwhelmed with joy as the NC called my name and told me that I had gotten through the second round. I couldn’t stop smiling! However, I was sorry for those who didn’t get through. The next day was the final round test and it included the interviews and a presentation. I believe I did well in the presentation but I was still nervous after the test. Perhaps, I wanted this scholarship so much. When I was informed that I was nominated to Li Po Chun UWC, all the excitement came to me. I searched the school, looked at its website and found my future co-years on ‘facebook’.
One thing that will certainly strike me is homesickness. It will be my first time I leave home for such a long period and I’m not ready yet, but I believe UWC will be another home for me and I’m sure I will overcome my homesickness. What I cannot wait to do at UWC is to meet new people of my age, sharing each other’s cultures and participating in community services. I have the impression that life at UWC will be an adventurous and fascinating journey while having the opportunity to grow independently.