Hi! My name is Deeku. I was born in Kayah State, Myanmar. When I was 10 years old, my family and I moved to Mae La Refugee Camp at the Thai- Myanmar border.
As a girl in the refugee camp, I learned to cherish every learning opportunity that I had been fortunate enough to get my hands on. I worked hard and consistently ranked top 5% of my class. This in turn earned me a place in a Liberal Studies diploma programme at the Australian Catholic University. It was programme offered to refugee students and was equivalent to year 1 of a bachelor’s degree. I aspired to further pursue a bachelor’s degree afterwards.
Unfortunately, my plan to obtain a bachelor’s degree had to be postponed due to financial difficulties at home. I felt very helpless and upset, but I never gave up and continued to challenge myself intellectually. I chose to work as a teacher, a private tutor as well as an interpreter at an international firm. All these experiences consolidated my knowledge and language skills.
I am very grateful that after several years, I am finally able to afford university education. I was delighted that I was even accepted by more than one university! At first, I wanted to study in Taiwan, but I could not do so due to visa complications owing to my refugee status. However, I am very grateful that I have now commenced a bachelor’s degree in International Business Management at the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce, which offers excellent business education.
I am very interested in the business world as I believe that it is essential to a country’s development. In the future, I hope to combine my knowledge in business with my passion in teaching – by sharing my business knowledge with Burmese youth, I hope to help them set foot on the business arena, and thus provide momentum to our country’s economic development. It is my dream that one day, Myanmar would blossom with start-ups and robust businesses, competing with the world.