“However, her dream of pursuing higher education has never been at ease,” said the Vice Principal of the Mien Tay ethnic minority boarding high school Ms Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy who has been Ly’s companion and a witness of her growth throughout the years.
“I still remember Ly’s shining eyes when talking about her desire to get that scholarship [RMIT - REACH Opportunity Scholarship] and her determination to achieve it,” Ms Thuy said.
“She’s an ethnic minority little girl with such a strong will and warm heart. She always believes in herself and looks for every opportunity to rise and improve herself.”
Ms Thuy believed that if Ly’s dream comes true, she will bring great change and be a positive role model for many young generations in this highlands region.
Best known for its breathtaking terrace rice fields, Mu Cang Chai attracts a lot of tourists every year. Seeing the great potentials of the land, Ly wants to bring back the knowledge, skills, experiences, and even the English fluency that she is going to acquire through RMIT Vietnam’s Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management program to contribute to the transformation and growth of her dear homeland.
“I want to build a homestay and provide tours that associate with the culture of H’mong people and organise English classes for poor students and single women so they can have more job opportunities,” she said.
First time being on a plane travelling more than 1,700 km from home to Ho Chi Minh City, Ly was nervous yet positive about what the future holds for her.
“I believe working hard will pay off,” Ly said. “One of the philosophies that I hold dear to my heart is to try to be a better version of myself than yesterday, so if every day I do things a little bit better, I will eventually achieve the desired results.”
Ly is currently undertaking English courses in preparation for the higher education degree commencing next year.
Story: Ha Hoang