Dream is aptly named, for among our students, she is the one who has dared to dream the biggest. When I first started working with SOLD in 2011, I asked all the students what they wanted to be when they grew up. Almost all of them said either teacher or nurse, and the lack of variety in their response showed me just how small their world was and how little they dared to think beyond it. Dream was different. She said she wanted to be a police detective.
Dream is the kid who stays behind to help clean up when all the others run outside to play. She is the one who can always be found helping the younger children. Though quiet and reserved, she always has a smile and pleasant demeanor, and looks for ways to make herself useful. While others may struggle through their Thai studies or even English, she added the extra challenge of learning French.
Dream’s biggest dream, however, has been to study at Thammasat University, one of Thailand’s most prestigious institutions. I hardly need mention how hard she worked through school, maintaining high grades on top of all her daily responsibilities. She worked closely with SOLD staff, who gave her advice, guidance, and encouragement and helped her apply for Thammasat University’s entrance exam. The exam is incredibly rigorous and she studied long and hard to prepare.
You can imagine how everyone was on tenterhooks waiting for the results.
Though of course no one was surprised to hear that Dream was accepted! She starts her classes this year, and we are all so very proud of her. The other students have also been very impressed by the example she set, and we’re all cheering her on from the sidelines. Congratulations Dream!