A MIRRABOOKA resident who won a Young Australia League (YAL) scholarship aspires to become a teacher with the hope of teaching kids in her home country Burma.
Morley Senior High School 2017 graduate Par Chin Sung (19) was one of 10 winners presented with a scholarship by retiring Chief Justice Wayne Stewart yesterday.
Before receiving funds from the youth organisation through the J.J. ‘Boss’ Simons Charitable Endowment Trust Post-Secondary Scholarship, Ms Sung could not buy textbooks, a computer and pay for her school fees because of her family’s financial hardships.
Ms Sung said she felt great to have received support and the scholarship from YAL.
“This year, I am planning to go to university so it is actually going to help me with (buying) my textbooks and laptop,” she said.
“I am studying a Certificate IV in Education Support at Tafe to become an EA (education assistant) while I am studying in uni.
“Right now, I plan to get into uni in second semester.”
Ms Sung, who migrated to Australia in 2011, said it was a challenge to learn English as her second language.
“From my experience, when I came to Australia, I did not even know how to say ‘hello’ or ‘how are you’,” she said.
“If I can, I want to study Masters as well and become a permanent teacher and not an education assistant.
“Before I start in the workplace in Australia, I want to visit my country first, to train (students in) my country.”