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High flying university student graduates with top honours

“When I got my first class honours degree I felt like I had won US$10 million in the lottery. I tried very hard and focused on my studies for four years and finally I was rewarded with a Certificate of Excellence,” says a proud new graduate from the National University of Laos, Saithidet Sengdao.

“I felt I had truly achieved my dream. When I was at high school I told myself I should try to get first class honours from high school and then at university as well, and I did it. Now I always tell people younger than me that if you believe something, you can do it, and then you will have achieved it.”

Saithidet, 23, was a student at the university's Faculty of Economics and Business Management, and did a bachelor degree in business management.

Saithidet Sengdao displays his Certificate of Excellence.

He was one of 45 top students from various faculties at the National University of Laos this academic year to be awarded Certificates of Excellence.

Saithidet was born in Phonxay village, Pakxe district, Champassak province, and is his parents' only son. Today he lives in Sainamngeun village, Xaythany district, Vientiane. He has been working at the Lao Microfinance Association as a project assistant in information technology for two months.

He told Vientiane Times about his educational background. In Champassak province, he finished primary school in 2006 and lower secondary school in 2010.

He came second in upper secondary school exams in 2013 and won a Certificate of Excellence for his score in the 73-80 range.

Saithidet won a scholarship to study at the Faculty of Economics and Business Management at the National University of Laos in 2013.

He finished university in the 2016-17 academic year and again was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for his grade point average (GPA) of 3.87, the highest GPA achieved in the faculty that year.

From 2010-2017, he took part in national science ask-and-answer contests. He is also a keen petanque player and won a gold medal and a silver medal at the Petanque Asean Championship in 2013. Then in 2015 he won another gold medal in the petanque competition of the Lao University Games.

In 2016, he took part in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS Programme) in Japan. He also taught English to children and young people at the Double Lucky Eng Centre.

In 2017, he was a member of the sports team of the Faculty of Economics and Business Management, and took a training course at the Lao Microfinance Association where he now works.

“When I was a university student, I did various activities such as sports and music and also took an English course in the evenings. And I still managed to get the highest marks in all my classes. I was very disciplined and used to plan what I would do every day and stick to the plan. This was a routine that I made myself follow closely and get used to,” Saithidet said.

“My parents have always supported me even they don't have much money. They sent me money every month. I knew it was very hard for them to earn money so I told myself I would never waste this money and I would make my parents proud of me.”

“Now that I've finished university, I plan to work in Vientiane and get more experience over the next couple of years. After that I might take a master's degree abroad. Since I was a child I've dreamt of running my own business after getting a master's degree,” Saithidet said.

If you want to be a successful, you need to be focused in classes and note down everything the teacher says. You should take notes of explanations straight away so that you understand everything about the topic you're studying, and highlight important definitions as much as possible, he advised.

This will be very useful when you review your lessons or prepare for an exam. You just read the explanations you wrote when you first heard them and it will make you understand more quickly and more easily.

It also helps to play a sport, play music or engage in other activities to keep your mind active. Another important thing is that you should volunteer as much as possible while at university. This will enhance your sense of responsibility and you'll get to know more people, and other good things.

“What I want to stress is that you have to have a plan for your daily life, not just for today, but for tomorrow as well. Tell yourself every day that tomorrow must be better than today.”

By Keoviengkhone Bounviseth
(Latest Update September 23 , 2017 )

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