Srey Nich, or “Nich” as most people call her, grew up in a small community in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In 2016, she graduated from Jay Pritzker Academy (JPA), a prestigious school where she studied both American and Cambodian curriculums concurrently starting in sixth grade. At JPA, Nich was elected to be the Student Council Vice President and worked hand in hand with the School President to brainstorm solutions to the problems that were brought by the students. Her senior year, Nich became the School President acting as the liaison between the administrations and the students. She also founded and directed the first guitar club at her school, which organized performances for assemblies and taught students the fun aspect of music. Nich currently studies global affairs at the American University of Phnom Penh and volunteers as an English teacher. She hopes to pursue her bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science in the U.S. Growing up in Cambodian culture, Nich noticed there are many stereotypes for women and that there are very few female role models. When she was in the 11th grade, Nich’s friend discontinued her education due to the demands of her family, which she recognized is common in her community because women tend to follow cultural norms. For this reason, Nich hopes to become a human rights activist and one day bring quality education to Cambodian women because she truly believes that if half of the population is uneducated, it is a loss for everyone in Cambodia. Nich will start her freshman year at Gettysburg college in fall 2018.