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At The Same Developmental Milestone

“Why it takes longer at MY DAUGHTER’S turn?” I could see a panel of faculties sitting on the stage. I could observe their facial expression from this distance. I couldn’t examine her countenance who’s just giving me her back. I couldn’t hear what they are keenly saying.

Feeling hot and soaking in sweat for seemingly very long moment, I consciously noticed she was coming down to me. When she said “The professors would like to talk with you”, my excitement moved to higher degree. I myself witnessed all of the other students smoothly passed their entry interview in a snap of fingers. What’s wrong with her?

His first comment made me wonder. “What a brave daughter you gave birth”!

He opened the conversation.

“Her matriculation score cannot guarantee to qualify what she applied to specialize. We suggested her to apply for other majors. She replied “NO”. She said that’s definitely what she wants to pursue. She has no reason to study what she is reluctant. Unless she has a chance to study in accordance with her desire, she would go to other apt institution for her plan B.”

I have reached to the clear understanding. When he paused incessant talking, it’s difficult to capture with words how and how much I adored my little daughter. What a remarkable attempt my daughter is doing.

Without hesitation, I just said I would admire whatever she chooses. He asked again the child. She was still persistent. I concluded remaining unchanged. He seemed so frustrated and ended with saying to wait for a week for the result.

Everybody noted what she did was so marvel. In this corrupted country, they are always seeking the victims. Without specifying any baseline, they used to say talented youths they would not qualify with their marks. Just give up the hopes or just bribe a huge sum.

Along with her admission to school without any bribe but with strong voice, her story appeared in the homepage of students’ blog as a byword for fighting against corruption.

I always thought my youngest daughter is slow and shy unlike the elder twos. At a point, I learned she’s also my proud of one. Unless she made such a bold appeal, I wouldn’t have a daughter who’s a female student in Myanmar Maritime University. And I would still probably be an unaware mother.



Insha Allah's picture

My Story

The true story of my beloved mother and cute sister.

Shwe Wutt Hmon

Sydney Stead's picture


Dearest Insha Allah,

Your narrative is so detailed and well written - I can see the scene play out in front of me. Your sister's determination is both impressive and inspiring. You must be very proud of her, as I am sure your family is of you as well! :)

Best wishes,

Insha Allah's picture


Dear Sydney,

Thank you so much for encouraging comment. Actually, I am trying my best to improve my writing skill and to be a good writer. I am very proud of representing my sister's story. Honestly, in our family, she used to not having much favor as a brave girl in the past. Later on, we can learn she is an amazing girl. Now she is very happy joining what she wants and really a good student.

Thanks again.

Best regards,
Insha Allah

Shwe Wutt Hmon

kati.mayfield's picture


Dear Insha Allah,

That sounds like such a rigorous selection process, what bravery it took for your sister and your mother to go through it together!

How wonderful that she can be an example not only to you and your family, too, but to your society. It is a great miracle indeed when patient perserverance wins over corruption.



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