Mental Illness

Throughout this round, we were studying to understand more about literary devices such as anthropomorphism, oxymoron, paradox and many more, but the main topic that we focus on is mental illness. 

During the lesson, we were trying to empathy those with the sickness as well as understanding more about the stigma and how it impacts the patients’ daily life. All through the unit, we had learned that people with mental illness tend to keep the burden to themselves due to their fear of the stigma. They were afraid of stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination. Keeping to themselves is no help at all. All it does is ruining their entire lives and worsen their condition. Despite this issue, some people with sickness don’t know that they are sick. Those people would decide their own sickness and meet the wrong helpers. 

To understand more about this topic, we’ve been reading articles and stories. Most of our stories are by a famous author, Edgar Elan Poe. Since the stories are written in the last century, words are a little hard to understand. However, we studied the new vocabulary and get through the story. We read two of his stories and it was shockingly amazing to me. His story gives me a really vivid imagination. I believe I can see all of the things that he wants to convey to the audience. Mr. Poe wrote the story in the villain perspective which is a very creative idea because in reality, people tend to judge others, especially bad guys without knowing them and this can also be a way to understand more about the villains since most of the stories are from heroes perspective. 

My favorite story is The Tell-Tale Heart. It is a dark story with a mystery. It was the story of a man who murdered another old man just because he hates the old man’s eyes. After murdering the man, the villain cleaned the mess and unfortunately, two officers came to visit him because they heard the sound of a shriek coming from that house. The villain was showing the officers around and creating excuses to answer the police very perfectly. The mystery was that he heard the old man’s heartbeat, but the man was dead, wasn’t he? The villain couldn’t bear listening to the heartbeat, so he confessed that he murdered the old man. 

The heartbeat was the mystery. To solve the mystery, we conclude that hearing the heartbeat shows that the villain has guilts and is mentally sick. The man is deceased, so by hearing his heartbeat, the villain might have schizophrenia. We also conclude that the murderer is mentally sick due to his strange activities such as watching over people when they sleep every day and killing people just because of hating their eyes. 

Despite reading stories and articles, we also did some research about mental illness disorders such as bipolar, depression, anxiety and more. Besides that, we have noticed that Cambodia is a country with not a lot of mentalists and therapists. Instead of mental illness, Cambodians see it as possession and many more kinds of spiritual beliefs. Now that we have studied and understood a lot about mental illness, I hope to share the knowledge with those around me and at least create a small change in people’s perspective in Cambodia about the topic.

Independent Learning

As we grow up, we need to take many responsibilities in life and today, education is one of the biggest priority for me and some others too. This is a fact that l notice about education. We usually receive it when teachers give us lessons and give us homework or assignments, but have you ever think that independent study also teaches students to have a responsibility too? And that’s what we are doing English Essential Round 5.


This round is the most independent round in the Universe! The theme is called….Make the most of your learning! I feel like I am more mature because our facilitator makes us make our own schedule for our literacy studying, but!!!!! She still has something for us to finish. Those are How I Change Cambodia Essay, Must Read a Novel, make a vocabulary list out of it, prepare for the book review and more, more and more!. Fortunately, those things have a long due date or else, I don’t know. Oh yeah, about my novel study, I read Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. I’d love to share the summary with you too, but I figure out that I won’t because I want you to read it. Reading is great, don’t you know that? I’m really happy to finish my novel study because it’s one of my independent learning and as a result, I learn a lot from the book. The book is very inspirational. It is about how beautiful life is when we are with friends. Friends are always by each other side and they look after each other no matter what happens. Sometimes, life is in a messed up situation, but we shouldn’t give up on each other. That’s what friends are supposed to do.


Overall, Independent Learning gives students more experience. They learn to have more responsibility in their study because in the future there no responsibility that they need to take and this is only the beginning.

Video and Independent Work!!!

This round of Technology and Multimedia is a little bit different. Since round 4, Cindy, our facilitator, told us to collect some of the videos and photos from our break to make something cool. So, we follow what she said and we used those materials to make a video by using Adobe Premiere Pro. My video is about my vacation at Bokor Mountain, Kampot province and at the beach, Koh Kong province. I filmed a video underwater! Here is the link to my video. However, it is not a really good one because it’s my first time trying this.

After finishing the video, we reviewed all of the things that we had learned this year. I can’t believe we’ve learned a lot! This is the list of what we had learned:

  • Research skills
  • Adobe tools: Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign
  • Computational Thinking
  • What is digital storytelling?
  • Photography basics
  • Videography basics
  • Python syntax
  • If/Else statements
  • For loops
  • While loops
  • Code Club: Rock Paper Scissors, Modern Art, Team Chooser, etc.
  • Adobe Premiere

After making the video, we were independent to choose a topic from the things that we want to learn more about and choose a small project to improve our skill by finding our own material to help us learn. The goal of doing this is to catch up, develop our skill and explore our own interest.

I chose Photoshop because that’s what I’m interested in. I photoshopped a transparent egg. I only used two photos to make that one egg and those photos are a flying bubble and an egg yolk. It is easy if you know how to do it. You can just cut the egg yolk out and place it in the middle of the bubble. Now the bubble is round, let’s make the bubble into the egg shape. You might see the shadow in the bubble, so what you have to do is change the kind of layer into Multiple layer for both the bubble and the egg. See? It is finished. My another product is me diving with a dolphin. You need a picture of the ocean with the dolphin jumping, then you can just cut the photo of yourself diving into the water or the picture that you are about to touch the surface of the water. After that, you can add a png water splash picture somewhere around your legs to make it looks a bit more realistic. Below are the products that I’ve made. It’s not a very good one, but I’m glad to share it with you.

Actually, I don’t feel like this photoshop is easy at all, but thank you so much to the resources that helped me went through this very well. I really enjoyed doing this project because I can show people about what I can do, even though, it’s not that great. Do you want to try Photoshop now?