|Lhakpa Dolma Lama (right) with friends from SMD School in Kathmandu, Nepal|
My name is Lhakpa Dolma Lama and I am a student from Nepal currently studying in Melbourne, Australia at Ivanhoe Grammar School under a full scholarship for year eleven and twelve. I want to be a health worker when I grow up. I am the only member in my family who has been to school. For that reason I do work hard on my studies and English is my fifth language after my mother tongue Nubri, Tibetan, Nepali, and Hindi.
|Lhakpa with her second-oldest sister who is a nun|
This video is of my birthplace. You can see in the video that people depend a lot on farming and life is primitive. The houses are mostly made of stones and wood and we use firewood as our a main fuel. You can see smoke coming out from a few houses. That shows where people are cooking inside.
|Lhapka's mum, oldest sister, brother-in-law, and |
their children in Lho, Nubri Valley
|Ven. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche |
with SMD schoolchildren
(Lhakpa is on the left)
After completing year ten I gave service to SMD for one and half years and then I got a full scholarship at Ivanhoe Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia for my year eleven and twelve in 2011. I will finish year twelve in November 2013. My time in Australia has had ups and downs. In the beginning there were moments that I felt like crying because I could not understand the class very well and I felt homesick as well. But there are some good parts. My host families are really nice and helpful and I love my school. I especially like the teachers at my school. They are so helpful and I seek their guidance. It was pretty hard in 2011 but gradually things got better and better. Now I do not feel like I am an alien here. I love sports and I made a lot of friends from the sports team as well.
|Lhakpa and friends at badminton practice|
|Lhakpa Dolma Lama|