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November 2, 2013

Hartwick student escapes war, earns scholarship

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“By choosing Hartwick, I hoped to receive greater opportunities to educate people about my life story growing up as a refugee and an internally displaced person,” said Soe. “Another big reason I chose to come here was because of the staff and faculty. They are so welcoming, nice, kind, and helped me with everything I need.”

At Hartwick, Soe is working to complete an Individual Study Program major in International Studies with a focus on international human rights, refugees and issues relating to internally displaced persons.

Her inspiration to succeed came from her late father, Doh Soe, who always had a positive attitude, and who continues to inspire her to “be great and never give up!” Her goal for the future is “to create a better life for the poorest people in the third world.” Upon receiving the JKCF Scholarship, Soe said “My dad always said, ‘There are bad days and good days in every human’s lifetime. Today it may not be your day, but someday it will be your day.’ I think someday is today because today is my day.”

She received her American citizenship less than two months ago, upon which she said: “This is the most special day of my life, because I am an equal and have freedom like other people! Finally, I feel like I belong to one country in this entire world. I am a citizen of one nation. I am very honored and proud to be an American citizen!”

Soe said when she graduates she hopes to continue to share her experiences with others to increase knowledge of refugee situations.

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