Going on overseas student exchange trips—is this actually accessible to all? For one SMU student, her family’s financial circumstances are a daily reminder of the practical sacrifices she has to make while her peers enjoy the luxury of choice.

SMU students Janel, Elvis, Xin Ni and Vienna tell one student’s story about the weight of duty on her shoulders and her hopes for a better future.

This story is part of RICE Media’s Storytellers initiative, a mentorship programme for budding content creators to learn about the art of creative non-fiction. In collaboration with Quantedge Foundation, scholarship recipients take on the lived experiences of disadvantaged youth in the hope that we, as a society, reflect on how we can enable every child or youth to access equal opportunities and thrive.

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