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Youth of the week: Sim Sousachak, vice-president of AIESEC

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At 21, Sim Sousachak not only has a good academic record at the Institute of Foreign Languages but also spend time volunteering for the International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences (AIESEC). He is its vice-president.

 “It’s a general rule that we have to study hard, pay attention to lectures and spend time self-studying at home,” Sachak says.

“Most young people study hard, but they should remember to study hard for self-development, not for exams.”

Sachak says that besides studying, one should spend some time contributing to society.

Joining social activities can help people to gain more experience and knowledge and also create a good network of contacts, he says.

In AIESEC, Sachak has to manage a team, facilitate conferences and organise trainings in leadership skills and self-development.

Last year, Sachak and six other members of AIESEC in Cambodia were invited to a conference in Russia. They received an Asia Pacific Award for the excellence of their operation in Cambodia.

Everything Sachak has achieved as national AIESEC vice-president and in his studies has not been easy. He works very hard and spends most of his time – even holidays and special days such as Valentine’s Day – working and studying.

“Many young people consider Valentine’s Day a day for couples, but I see it as a day to express love not only to our lover, but also to evryone else in our lives."

“I go to school and work as usual. I just have lunch with my girlfriend in a restaurant and hang out with my family and friends in the evening. And I buy some flowers for my parents.”

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