Below you will find our scholar blog posts – they cover a variety of topics, from arriving in the U.S. to interning with a stellar company to post-graduation dreams.


My First Semester in College 

March 15, 2024
Villathina Ly is currently attending Occidental College, class of 2027. My first semester in college went by so fast, but it felt so long ago. I still remember the first day I stepped onto the Occidental College campus and how surreal it felt. From Thorne Hall to the field of roses and squirrels running around and to the buildings that resemble Southern California architecture, I loved the campus from across the screen and I still love it upon seeing it with my own eyes. August of 2023 marked the biggest change in my life. I was ready to embark on this

My Unforgettable Trip to Revolution 2.0 in the Bay Area

November 15, 2023
Channatha "Moon" Sum is currently attending Beloit College, class of 2024. Come with me to the heart of the Bay Area, where between the 3rd and 5th of November, I found myself on a transformative journey at SHE-CAN Revolution 2.0. It was a gala—an evening of elegance, empowerment, and enchantment. Picture this remarkable event as a cornerstone in my life, offering a chance to step onto the stage, reunite with mentors, explore the vibrant city, and forge connections with SHE-CAN scholars from across the globe. Taking the Stage: Empowering Women's Voices Being on that gala stage at Revolution 2.0 wasn't just an

How I Never Miss A Moment

October 18, 2023
Sreynoch "Jess" Van is currently attending Syracuse University, class of 2026. Time flies. It feels as if I just landed in the United States yesterday, but now, I am already a sophomore. This semester, the majority of my classes are centered around photography and film. One of my favorite classes has been Introduction to Photography. From the moment I added this class to my roster, I was excited to understand the fundamentals of photography and learn how to explore the world around me through a camera lens.. I am now halfway through the semester, and I have loved going to this class every

From Freshman to Peer Captain: Navigating Confidence and Connection

September 27, 2023
Vanika Sok is currently attending Lafayette College, class of 2026. Upon my return to Lafayette College as a sophomore, I felt much more confident compared to when I first arrived last year.  Looking back at my arrival to Lafayette College freshman year, I remember how excited and overwhelmed I felt on my first day. About 30 people from the International Student Association (ISA) welcomed me with colorful signs and echoing cheers. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, filled with joy and anticipation of what was to come. Although I was nervous to begin this new chapter of my life, I was ready

The Power to Make An Impact

September 1, 2023
Deborah Gonkpah is currently attending Bucknell University, class of 2026. On May 29, 2023, I joined the Mercy Corps family as a program management intern. I went in with no expectations but had the hope of learning new skills and understanding how an international organization is successful on both a local and global scale. On the first day of my internship, I was very nervous and confused about where to sit, what to do, and whom I should talk to. However, when I met the Director of Programs, Sophie, I felt calm and ready for my journey to begin. Throughout my internship,