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Beat the Odds: Pharmacy Student Pushes Past Hefty Education Bill

February 26, 2018 07:35 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Sim Net Youk spent this past summer as a clinical assistant at Mayo Clinic. He recently earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Minnesota and is now a first-year graduate student in the UofM's pharmacy program. 

He still has a long way to go, but getting to this point has been a journey of its own. Net was once a "Beat the Odds" scholar himself, winning the scholarship in 2013. It meant more to him than some might realize. 

"The scholarship helped me of course financially, but mentally I'm a first-generation college student. So to see that the scholarship recognize that I am worthy of the scholarship by showing potential and growth and the potential to continue in college regardless of my background. That really helped me to commit and believe that I should go to college as a first-generation college student," said Net.

I was very happy. I mean who is not happy when they win a scholarship," asks Net Youk. "Everything help. I take all kind of help. Haha."

That's because of his success and his desire to do better come with a cost.  As every student knows, a top-notch education is not cheap. 

"For my undergrad, I have about $10,000 worth of loans, but for pharmacy school, I have $1600." (Only $1600?) "16-hundred… thousand." ($160,000?) "1-6 and 4 zeros. So big money. That's true."

"It's an investment in my future. If I don't go, who else is going to do pharmacy school for me? So I have to do it for myself. Haha."

Finally, Net has a message for the RCTC Foundation and this year's Beat the Odds scholars. 

"First of all, I want to say thank you for selecting me as a recipient from a few years ago and thank you for inviting me to be a keynote speaker even though I don't know if I deserve it or not. Thank you for giving me the honors to do that. I think Beat the Odds scholarship is a great thing that happened to me. It helped me mentally and financially to continue school. I want to say to the future Beat the Odds scholars or any other college student out there is to give your best at everything you do. And if you're curious or wondering about certain events or programs make sure you go do it regardless if it's out of your comfort zone or not. Just do it…at least once."

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