Hi! I’m Tun Aye (a.k.a. Tony), an English major in Chiang Mai Rajabhat University.
I know four languages/dialects - Karen (dialect in Myanmar), Burmese, Thai and English. People say that every language is a universe. In my case, learning a new language always brought me to a better place.
When I was 10 years old, I migrated from my hometown in Karen State of Myanmar, to a refugee camp in Thailand. As a Karenni, I couldn't communicate with other residents in the camp, who spoke either mainstream Burmese or Thai. I bridged this painful gap by I learning both languages.
High school was where I encountered English. I was very interested in the subject, as I believed that good English skills were the key to finding a respectable job. Despite practising industriously, by graduation, I still lagged behind due to my poor foundation. However, I've decided to continue reading English in university. I believe that mastering English is the gateway to a better future.
Given my humble background, I am constantly aware of how lucky I am to attend university. I hope to join a reputable company to empower myself. In the long run, I hope to help the many others who are less fortunate.
- Age: 25
- Ethnicity: Karen
- Place of birth: Karen State, Myanmar
University and programme:
- Chiang Mai Rajabhat University
- English for International Communication
- 3rd year in the programme
Goals and dreams:
- To become a knowledgeable and capable person so that I could contribute to society in the future.
Interesting facts about Tony:
Q: Who is your idol?
A: Dr. Cynthia Muang, founder of Mae Tao Clinic which provides medical treatment to refugees.
Q: What is the kindest thing someone has ever done for you?
A: Encouraging me when I lacked confidence and hope.
Q: If you could give a piece of advice to your younger self, what would that be?
A: To give myself a second chance when I failed and to think of new ways to solve problems.
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