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Senior Student Highlight: Bou Vanly

Bou Vanly (Academic Year 2023-2024) – Experiences, Experiments, Expectation
Favorite Quote: “If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake.” -Bill Gates

Vanly is a well-rounded individual who enjoys working out, watching movies, listening to music, and consuming motivational content to enhance his feelings and increase his self-love. His most memorable experience at AUPPHS-FA was the field trip where they visited the Win-Win Monument, a hospital, and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). Through these travels, he gained a great deal of knowledge, got to know his classmates better, and made priceless memories for his junior-to-senior journey.

Vanly’s favorite subjects are history and research. Studying history helps him understand how the past has influenced the present by examining human identities, societal transformations, and experiences. It teaches courage, resilience, and protest, and helps identify patterns in the present. Research, on the other hand, enhances understanding, exploration, and personal and professional development through critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and creativity.

Vanly thinks physics is a complex subject that involves fundamental principles of matter, energy, and motion, requiring deep conceptual understanding and mathematical skills. Assignments often require critical thinking, complex calculations, formula application, and data analysis. He emphasizes the importance of AP Statistics and Economics in preparing him for life after high school. These courses provide skills in data collection, analysis, and interpretation, respectively. Moreover, statistical analysis aids in making informed decisions in business management and finance. Economics, on the other hand, provides insights into market dynamics, supply and demand, market structures, and fiscal policies, enabling informed decisions in pricing, production, and resource allocation. They are crucial for him because he wants to major in business management.

Vanly has also participated in other extracurricular activities such as the football and music clubs. He has also done community service where he and his classmates donated money and school supplies such as books, pencils, and pens for underprivileged students.

Vanly’s message to the juniors is that rather than comparing themselves to others, they should focus on their development, self-awareness, and lifelong learning. He encourages them to set goals, reflect on their progress, and continue growing. His own goal is to attend college after AUPPHS-FA to earn a good degree so he can find a well-paying career.

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