GirlsCode

Enkhzul Byambasuren, who had traveled from Khuvsgul to fulfill her wishes

My name is Enkhzul Byambasuren and I am 18 years old. To take part in the Girls Code Program, I traveled from Murun soum in the Khuvsgul Province. At the end of the program, I believe that I have effectively built the foundation for my dream and made it more realistic as someone who first entered with only a vague dream of becoming a programmer and no expectations.

I came from an ordinary family, a nomadic herding household in Mongolia. I live with my parents and sister. When I say that I am from Khuvsgul, everyone asks if I have reindeer. Only households in the taiga herd deer. We just have 5 types of livestock. My family is supportive of me, yet they don’t always fully understand me. My parents will understand me better if I show them what I’ve done when I get back home.

I participated in my Provincial Social Science Olympiad and took first place. I entered the national Olympiad and got a silver medal after winning in my province. My peers and teachers were shocked when I graduated and declared a major entirely unrelated to social science. Everyone enquires, “You were studying Social Science, right?!” I wanted to learn how to code. I was turned down for the Girls Code Program last year because I did not make it to the third round of interviews. It’s a very sad story. For the final round of interviews, I was meant to go on online, but it was so rainy that my phone was unusable. And I couldn’t do anything but cry.

But for this year, I came to Ulaanbaatar on June 18th. I came 7 days later than the other girls. I happened to be taking the university entrance exam at the same time. Within 7 days, the students had already started studying and learning new things. But I was able to quickly catch up with my friends from the program and on my studies. We are currently located in the National University of Mongolia’s dormitory and there are four of us in the same room. Four of us are working on the same project and living together. My roommates came from the provinces of Uwurkhangai, Zavkhan, and Dornod. We were initially unable to get close, but now we are great friends. English was taught to us in this program by an Indian teacher. I had a hard time talking to him at first, but now I can freely talk to him. We once went to the sponsor companies, but I injured my leg and was unable to go to Unitel’s office. When the other girls returned from the tour, they were showing me pictures and raving about how cozy and lovely Unitel’s workplace was. I was sad I could not go, but I’m sure I’ll visit soon.

I started a school newspaper when I was in high school. There were many days off during the Covid lockdown, resulting in excessive idle time. Then, in an effort to better myself, I partnered with two of my classmates to launch a newspaper on the school’s Facebook page. Just for fun, I produced and posted the original versions of images and stories. We released the printed newspaper after the quarantine was lifted. For a year, I conducted this work once per month. I used to publish my school newspaper on Facebook because I had no prior experience with coding. I’m now considering creating a landing page for a school newspaper.

This year, I graduated from high school. I’m studying information technology at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology. This is the career I yearned for and waited for. I feel incredibly honored to be taking part in this program in my chosen field. I want to pursue a scholarship to study abroad after spending two years in Mongolia. I believe I will definitely pursue my master’s degree in the US. I believe there are endless learning opportunities and options available to our generation. Additionally, we are more open-minded than those of previous generations. Therefore, benefit from it. In fact, doesn’t it feel like our generation is a little bit lazy? That’s why I want to say don’t be lazy.

The story was built by the U brand. Click here to read the original version in Mongolian.

Credit goes to our program partner–Unitel.