Meh Sod Paw was born to Burmese parents in a refugee camp in Thailand, where she dreamed of being a teacher one day. Now as a student at Agnes Scott, she is seeing her dreams come to fruition. “Being here is like a new world.”
Meh Sod Paw was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. Her parents and four siblings had fled persecution from their home country of Burma. For 11 years, Meh Sod lived in the refugee camp until her family was relocated to the United States in 2007.
Their first home in Stone Mountain was problematic. “There weren’t a lot of refugee families there. It was scary. I don’t know why, but some people threw rocks at our doors and our windows broke. When we moved to Clarkston we made friends. There were still a lot of problems in Clarkston, but it was a place where we connected with other families and were able to share our culture with friends and people from other countries.”
Starting school in a new country was difficult. “I did not know much English. All I knew was the alphabet and numbers. Making friends and the academic work was hard.“ Luckily, Meh Sod was accepted into the Global Village Project, where she received intensive English instruction during her middle school years. She transitioned to high school in Clarkston where she thrived academically and became involved in various clubs and activities.
Upon graduating, Meh Sod was awarded a prestigious Millennium Gates Scholarship to Agnes Scott College in Decatur, where she is a second year student. She is considering a career in teaching. “When I was living in Thailand, it was one of my dreams to become a teacher. I had teachers who were very inspiring, and I was told that education was very important. Being here is like a new world. We have people from many other countries. I’ve made new friends from Turkey, Nepal, and also some from here. I have a great support system and I can always go to the professors when I need help.”