This school year I challenged myself to take a college-level course to study Ap Macroeconomics. Over the course of the school year, I had completed the whole course and took the test in May. It was a great experience to be apart of the class because I was able to have a better understanding of the current event of how the country works nationally and internationally in the economy. In addition, I get to explore what it was like to study a college-level course; it wasn’t that easy, it required a lot of hard works and practices to understand the materials. But overall, it was a great opportunity to take this challenge beyond my level and tried to drill down a challenge to overcome it.
On Friday, May 24, 2019, Liger Leadership Academy had hosted the Khmer Literature and Culture Festival for a day long to share what we had learned and inspired others to preserve Khmer cultures and language. My main role was to invite the speakers to address on three topics such as “Raising Awareness about Cambodian Culture, Khmer Literature Condition in Modern Days, and How to Write Khmer Poem and Short Story?” My opinion after the day was that the speaker session ran very smoothly. As the host of the private session, I noticed that close to one-hundred students showed up in the panel discussion. I was very proud to be part of the event and able to link the speaker to share their experiences and knowledge with the other students.
My role in the Khmer Literature and Culture Festival was to organize the speaker sessions. In order to accomplish that, I needed to invite the speakers from outside of Liger to discuss and address the topics. Unlike a normal invitation letter, I was required to write a formal one to the speakers to show respect and follow our culture. The attachment below was one of my invitation letter samples.
This internship had provided me an opportunity to improve my skills that are very crucial for living and working in a career. Not many students around at the age around 18-year-old able to go out and do work independently with other people. The skills that I gained from this internship were limitless, especially, the skills from living and working standpoint. People pay a lot of money just to learn all of these essential skills but I was already practice a lot of it from an astonishing internship. I was very independent, every Tuesday I need to organize my stuff before head to go to work. This is a real working experience, throughout the day I was taking initiative to ask for works and being mature when working with the nurse and the patients. When there were obstacles come in the way, I was independently figuring it out to solve the problem by myself. Managing my schedule and time between the internship and school was also something that I thought was important. While working in the hospital, I missed the class lessons the whole day, therefore, I need to sort out my time and schedule to meet with my teacher and catch up with the classes and projects. Lastly, the skill that I improved was my communication skills, when working in the hospital it is important that everyone was on the same page. And it was very important for me to update to them of what I was doing to check what I’m doing was the right thing to do and won’t cause any harm to patients.
I was given an opportunity to have an internship at a non-profit hospital called the Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). The internship lasts for about 4 months, one day a week, starting from 8 am until 5 pm. I worked in three departments, rotated through a cycle of 4 departments: ENT department, general surgery, and eyes department.
In the ENT department, my main role was to take note of the patient complaints and doctor suggestions into an online database. I was also bringing medical equipment (simple one) to the doctor and scrub nurse in the surgery room. For the most exciting part of this experience was acting as a scrub nurse, working very closely with the doctor, handling their tools for surgery and helping with the process of cutting the tissue.
For the second rotation, I was involved in the general surgery room where they do most of the bone and plastic surgery. Most of the time, I was observing and assisting of whatever the doctor and nurses needed. In addition, I helped the anesthesiologist nurse taping the oxygen tube and do the basic set up before putting the patient into sleep.
The last rotation of the internship I was in the eyes department. On my first day, I learned how to do visual acuity tests (eye exams) and doing eye pressure tests (IOP). After I got the procedure process, I replaced the nurse job and do it on my own. In the hospital, they still stick with the conventional way to organize the patient documents. Sometimes the nurse needs the patient paper, so I need to search for the right patient document in the organize folder. On other times, I did the opposite thing, I was asked to help to put the documents back in the right folder. Before the surgery, I helped to write the consent letters for patients and thumbprint. On top of that, I also helped to take the patient blood pressure and heartbeat before proceeding the surgery in the afternoon. Lastly, similar to the general surgery department, in the eye surgery room I helped to bring whatever the doctor needs and understand the surgery process.
In conclusion, I learned some valuable experiences from this incredible opportunity. This internship allowed me to exam my own interest and ability to explore the caring industry in Cambodia.