Cheemoua Vang

January 19th: “As I unpacked all of my stuff and organized my room, my head started to spin… My bobbling mind started to drift to the thought of when we were still in Singha Village, sleeping in the hut…As I physically try to adjust back to my busy lifestyle at school, mentally I will be astray from here and instead be in Cambodia with my students talking, laughing, and eating fresh fruits…”   The weeks following our return in late January, my students called me about 2 times a week. With a lot to say but with little words to use, our conversations were limited and did not last long. Towards late February the calls stopped. The reality of school took me by a full swing and frequent thoughts of my students and adventures in Cambodia slowly started to fade. But never did I completely forget about my experience traveling in Cambodia.   At times, I felt subdued as I caught myself wasting water, food, electricity and clothes. I thought about my time in Cambodia and I was reminded of my privileges here in America. I learned a lot my first trip there, but without a doubt I’m sure that.......

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Panyia Vue

Hi everyone. My name is Panyia Vue. I am currently attending Augsburg College as a first-year and planning to major in psychology. Last winter break (a couple of months ago!), I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a service trip with Global Connections Project. It was one of the biggest decisions of my life thus far to indulge myself into a culture that I was not familiar with and travel abroad for the very first time. To be frank, I did know what to expect from the service trip and had mixed feelings about going. However, I just had the gut feeling that I had to go. I was not disappointed with my experience last winter at all. Although our time there was limited and we were faced with some sudden changes along our journey, I gained much more than I expected – meaningful relationships, I have a better appreciation of the things that I have back here in the US, and am more aware of my priviliges. After coming back to the US, I couldn’t stop thinking about my students. Everything felt like a dream – I still can’t put my experience and gather my thoughts/feelings and put.......

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Nou Yang

My name is Nou Yang, I was born in Ban Vinai Refugee Camp. Shortly after turning three my family left Thailand and immigrated to the U.S. Unlike many of my peers I majored in the subject that challenged me most, English. As a child I remember gently tracing over alphabets on the dinner table, I had an admiration for letters, words and what they meant. However this all changed in grade school when red ink imprisoned my words. It made me feel like there was no place in the world for my words and I, like we were not important, like we did not matter. After 8 years of receiving extra help on my English my problem remained the same, my tenses did not agree with my verbs. The teachers couldn’t figure out why. They were too busy being concerned they disregarded my strength. I lost hope and confidence in myself. At that point of my life I didn’t know if I could go to college, for college was not an expectation, it was a privilege that not many first generation immigrants could endure. It was in a small community college that I met the writings of Jamaica Kincaid, Sherman.......

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Dahvid Ear

Chum Reap Suor (“Hello” in Khmer), my name is Dahvid Ear. I am currently a senior at Augsburg College majoring in Finance and minoring in Math. This past winter break I had an amazing opportunity to travel back to Cambodia with Global Connections Project for a service trip in Singha Village. It was my first time returning to Cambodia since I immigrated to the U.S. in 2009. This return gave me a lot of self reflection of who I am and made me appreciate what I have and where I am today. It also brought back a lot of childhood memories that I miss dearly since I am now very far away from Cambodia, the place I called home. Moreover, I got to build relationships with the villagers, students, and made some new friends through the program. Therefore, I really want to travel back again with the program this year to reconnect with friends and build stronger relationships with my students and villagers....

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