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Certificate of Excellence winner gives tips for success

Create your own target, battle all the obstacles and attempt to achieve your goal - that’s the advice Ms Aliya Pholsena, a recipient of a Certificate of Excellence from the National University of Laos, has for friends who want to emulate her success.
“Many people have their own dreams but they think that it’s just a daydream. For this reason, I would like to recommend that if we develop ourselves and be patient enough to overcome the obstacles, success will be waiting at the end of the road,” said Ms Aliya, who was born in 1995.

Ms Aliya Pholsena with her Certificate of Excellence.

Part of a family of five from Naxay village in Xaysettha district, Vientiane, she graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business Management at the National University of Laos this year. She took a bachelor degree, majoring in public economics.
She said she was very proud when she finished university and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for her grade point average (GPA) of 3.82, with the next highest GPA in her faculty that year being 3.87.
“I had been aiming for an honour certificate since I was a first-year student and now I feel extremely honoured and proud after receiving this. I believe that trying to be good at studies is challenging but I believe trying to apply what one has studied in the real world is even more challenging,” she said.
“I have worked hard to be able to get this and now my efforts have really paid off.”
Ms Aliya said many people around her would focus mainly on curricular studies but she thought in a different way, because workshops, study trips and extra-curricular activities were all sources of knowledge and she liked to learn from these to broaden her knowledge.
During her interview with Vientiane Times, Ms Aliya spoke about how she organised her time as a student.
“When I was a student, I didn’t have any special time management in my university life but when I didn’t understand something, I liked to seek the answers and clear things up by putting questions to my teachers and friends or by searching on the Internet,” she said.
The support from her family played an important part in her success, Ms Aliya said.
“My family is my everything, especially my parents. However, I was not supported only by my parents, there were also my teachers, my friends, and the people around me. They were all my main supporters in perception, courage and knowledge.”
Ms Aliya finished primary school in 2006 and secondary school in 2013. She then completed a Diploma in General Studies at Vientiane College in 2016, and received various certificates at that time.
From 2013-17, she was a student at the Faculty of Economics and Business Management. She also took part in various programmes, such as the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths Programme 2010 (JENESYS) in Tokyo and Osaka and the International Student Summer Camp 2012 in Beijing, China.
In 2014-15, she took part in a Global Entrepreneurship Accelerator Programme and Effective Implementation of Payments for Environmental Services at the National University of Laos.
She also participated in the Mekong Friendship Project, aimed at promoting exchanges in cultural, social and economic issues between Mekong region students, which was hosted by Laos, Thailand and Cambodia in 2016.
“After I attended these programmes, there are many things which I was impressed with but what impressed me the most was when I had a chance to visit Japan as a Lao delegate for JENESYS. I didn’t know there was a nice scholarship like this and after I completed the programme I could say it made me more enthusiastic to learn about things,” she said.
Ms Aliya said that after her graduation she doesn’t have any plans to work as she wants to study for a master’s degree with a major in public economics next year. She added that she would like to study in Japan.

By Keoviengkhone Bounviseth
(Latest Update October 28 , 2017 )

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