Soky Chhuoy

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First-generation students, who don't have a family history of higher education, are a group that make UW Tacoma a very special place. Read their stories as they tell, in their own words, about the challenges they overcame on their path to success.

Soky Chhuoy, '15, UW Tacoma Office of Undergraduate EducationMy parents fled Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge took over.  They came to the United States with few resources.  They worked minimum wage jobs to support our family.  My parents didn’t know much English and I am not fluent in Cambodian.  Still, I know they loved me and wanted me to succeed.

My parents never had the chance to go to college.  I couldn’t ask them what to do. I had to learn as I went.  Luckily, I had my older sister to guide me.  She’d been through the experience and could help guide me through the process.  I was also blessed to receive the Husky Promise throughout my undergraduate years.

I’m proud to say I’m first gen.  Going to college has brought both happiness and honor to me and my family. I graduated from UW Tacoma in June 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and two minors in business administration and gender studies.  My siblings all pursued college degrees. I’m proud to say that we are a family full of Huskies.

Advice for UW Tacoma students: Get involved; and make sure to do an internship while you’re in school!

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Written: 
September 14, 2016