Senior Student Highlight: Long Vattanakvichea

Long Vattanakvichea (Academic Year 2023-2024) – Transformative, challenging and memorable‚Äč
Favorite Quote: Strive for progress, not perfection, and let resilience fuel your journey towards greatness.

Vattanakvichea has been playing music for almost a decade, with a particular focus on piano since he was seven years old. He has participated in numerous international competitions and has received awards from all over. Additionally, he is a professional athlete, primarily in table tennis, and hopes to join the national team soon.

In AUPPHS-FA, his most memorable experience was the festivals, especially the Khmer New Year, as everyone had a great time. He has actively participated in extracurricular activities, including sports, music, and gym activities, which have helped him improve his mental health and valuable life skills. Although he acknowledges that these activities may not be academically valuable, they have been beneficial for him.

AP Calculus is his favorite subject, as it encourages creativity, a methodical approach to problem-solving, and an unlimited number of alternatives to explore within a limited framework. His most challenging subject was the food monitoring project in his AP Biology class, which required meticulous attention to detail, consistent diligence in data collection, and a deep understanding of scientific methodologies to apply them accurately in real-world settings.

Vattanakvichea believes that AP Calculus has prepared him the most for life after high school. Critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical reasoning abilities developed during this course are essential for navigating various challenges in the real world. After graduating from AUPPHS-FA, he plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science or Cybersecurity in the United Kingdom, the United States, or Australia.

Vattanakvichea’s valuable lesson learned through his time at AUPPHS-FA is to embrace every opportunity for growth and learning, both inside and outside of school. He encourages his juniors to challenge themselves academically, explore their interests and passions, and seek out experiences that broaden their perspective and skills. Lastly, he wants to remind the younger generation that setbacks and failures are part of the journey, which should be viewed as opportunities for growth and resilience.

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