Sreileak was born in a small village in the Kampong Cham Province of Cambodia. Her parents, having survived the Cambodian genocide, were not able to complete their elementary education. Instead, they worked as sellers at a local market to provide for Sreileak and her two sisters. Because of this, Sreileak was motivated to pursue her own degree. She graduated high school in 2012 and moved to Phnom Penh, where she lives with her sister. Sreileak received a full scholarship to the University of Cambodia to study English Literature. She also pursued another degree at Pannasasatra University of Cambodia, where she was majoring in Economics. Sreileak attends Scripps College and after completing her BA, she wishes to continue on to earn a Master’s degree in Economics, so as to better help her country when she returns to Cambodia. As an economist, she hopes to work for the Economic and Finance Minister in the field of policy development, where she ultimately wants to help the Cambodian people, especially those in rural areas, by boosting their living standards.