Outstanding student wins various awards
An outstanding student who won various awards when he was young, Mr Thipphachanh Poumarath has gone on to future academic success and represented his country at many exchange programmes abroad.
“You should fix your times between your studying and other daily activities and also focus on what you need to do and you will achieve success in your mind,” Mr Thipphachanh said.
Mr Thipphachanh Poumarath.
He is currently studying at the Faculty of Economic and Business Management, National University of Laos (NUOL).
Mr Thipphachanh is one of th e university's outstanding students and has attended many exchange programmes abroad.
At 21 years of age, he is now studying for his Bachelor's degree in Planning and Development Economics from 2013-2017.
Mr Thipphachanh was one of the representatives of Lao students abroad, attending school activities through youth exchange programmes in various counties.
He attended the Laos-Thailand Youth Exchange programme 2011in Thailand, Laos-Vietnam Youth Exchange programme in 2009 and 2013 in Vietnam and Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS Programme) in 2015 in Japan.
Besides that, Mr Thipphachanh also attended the national student exchange programme in China and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) in the USA recently. He will also be attending the YSEALI Alumni programme in Vietnam next year.
Mr Thipphachanh and some of his classmates are now volunteers of the Sharing Books for Children programme initiated by the Faculty of Economic and Business Management to deliver books to children in rural areas.
From his challenging experiences in various foreign counties, Mr Thipphachanh has gained many insights and holds different ideas from his friends.
Vientiane Times spoke with him recently at the school, and asked him about his studies and any advice he might have for others who would like to follow a similar path.
Mr Thipphachanh was born in Huameuang-neua village, Kaysone Phomvihane district, Savannakhet province. He has two brothers and two sisters and now lives in Phokham village, Xaythany district, Vientiane.
“My family is the most important in terms of supporting my studies and has always been with me through the ups and downs. They have always been supportive and cheerful,” Mr Thipphachanh said.
“I focus on my studies whenever I am in class and I try to listen when my teacher is explaining the lesson. If I don't understand I will ask the teacher. If you want more knowledge you cannot be shy to ask.”
After school, he likes to join activities with friends and teachers in the faculty, playing sports including football and basketball to relax after classes are finished.
Meanwhile he also helps with the family business by providing assistance with product marketing.
“After I graduate with a Bachelor's degree, I don't think I will continue to study a Master's degree. In my mind, I would like to run my own business after graduation and my dream is to become a successful businessman in Laos in the future.”
“I have been interested in the maths subject more than other subjects. However, I pay attention to all subjects when I am in class.
One of his proudest moments was when he was a Grade 3 student and performed so well he set a school record.
During the interview, he told Vientiane Times a little bit about his background. Mr Thipphachanh won a second place award in an outstanding student examination in the maths subject at primary school level in Savannakhet province in 2006.
In 2009, he won a first place award in an outstanding student examination in the maths subject in Savannakhet province, while also he won a fourth place award at the National Students' Exams in maths.
From 2009-2012, Mr Thipphachanh also received various outstanding student certificates from the school. In 2013, he won a first place award at the National Students Exams in maths at secondary school level.
By Keoviengkhone Bounviseth
(Latest Update December 17, 2016)