nay soe's Success story
Meet Nay Soe
Hi I’m Nay Soe. I have recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Asia Pacific International University.
When I was young, I migrated to Umpiem refugee camp. The reason was that migrant schools charged lower school fees than Burmese schools. I was pained by the separation from my family and community. I always wished to return to Myanmar one day. Indeed, I dreamt of becoming an army commander to protect my ethnic group in Myanmar.
My plan changed, however, when I met my teacher, Steve Gomersall. Steve established a school that helps Burmese refugees enroll in Thai universities. We studied for an internationally recognized public exam. Steve encouraged us even when we did not believe in ourselves. He didn't leave any of us behind, giving extra support to weaker students. I realized that teachers were also army commander, leading students to fight personal battles. Steve changed our lives as we were admitted into Thai universities. I decided to follow Steve’s footsteps and become a teacher.
I’ve learnt a lot at university, particularly during internships. Not only did I obtain hands-on experience in managing a class, but I also forged close relationships with my students. I was very touched as they saw me as a real teacher, not just an intern.
I planned to return to Steve’s school after graduation to teach students like my younger self. A hiccup was that I sustained an injury in February 2022. Hence, I will join Steve's school in a few months' time, hopefully in August 2022.
In the long run, I want to become an English teacher at a Burmese public school: the students there come from humble backgrounds and often fail the English public exam. I want to help them enter university. I will help them take the future into their own hands.
About Nay Soe
- Age: 25
- Ethnicity: Karen
- Place of Birth: Myawaddy township, Karen State, Myanmar
School and Programme
- Bachelor of Education in Teaching
- Asia Pacific International University
Interesting Facts about Nay Soe
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: USA. I believe the culture and environment of a superpower would be very different from that in Myanmar.
Q: If you could turn into an animal, what would it be?
A: A lion. It is the king of the jungle. It is my desire to be a powerful person who can lead positive change.