Lessons Learned: My Journey from Cambodia to Lafayette Colllege
August 10th, 2021, was the night I left Cambodia for the first time. I traveled with another scholar, Bong Pisey, whom I’m grateful for keeping me company on our nearly 9000 mile journey. From the almost 20 hours of flight to our layover in Korea, I felt strong excitement. It overwhelmed me in ways it never had before.
Although I’d been in the States for about ten days, it all seemed unreal until I reached the gates of school, resting my eyes on the large sign that read “Lafayette College”. Now it’s all very real. Since being here, I make my way across campus with a sense of direction.
- To travel is to learn.
- I’d never traveled alone in my life, but I’m glad that I have now. It taught me how to plan ahead, research an area I’m from, and to be confident in myself.
- Meeting people is hard, but it’s easier than you think.
- I am so grateful that my school year has started off in person! That means I was able to physically not only the international orientation but also the Asian Culture Association and International Students Association. By meeting others, I was able to better explore my interests and learn new things.
- Find your places!
- Another aspect of in-person learning is the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the geography of campus. By finding your place, I don’t just mean in the social sense, find your place in the literal sense too. For me, that meant discovering the best places to study. I like the Skillman Library and the Rockwell Science Center. You might enjoy other places more, perhaps an open-air setting or an especially quiet room. Still, you won’t know until you go out and research.