A whole new world

Many students who have studied abroad think of their experience as the highlight of their student years. For some, it’s the best experience of their lives.

Studying in another country is good for a person’s career prospects. It also teaches valuable life lessons and helps a person to become more experienced and open-minded. You learn to understand different cultures. It can also teach you more about yourself.

But choosing the right study destination isn’t easy, so S Weekly asked some former students to share their experiences of studying abroad.


Supawadee Sakunkloy (Sine) 27, recently graduated Studied in Saarbruken, Germany Masters in Law: European and International Law (English programme)

What attracted you to studying in Germany?

Germany has a fantastic education system. People there are disciplined and the cost of living isn’t too high. It has a great study environment.

How did you improve your English?

I mainly hung out with friends who spoke English. I tried to learn new vocabulary every day and copied the accents of native speakers.

In what other ways did living abroad benefit you?

I learned to understand other cultures. I think that’s really important for human interaction. There were around 70 students from 41 countries. I also learned more about myself.

What’s your best memory from Germany?

I made a lot of friends there. I never thought that I’d find such close friendships in such a short time.


Pornnapat Rattiwan (Stamp) 23, project coordinator Studied in Oostburg city, Wisconsin, United States AFS Intercultural Programme (1 year)

What attracted you to studying in the US?

I was awarded a scholarship for a cultural exchange programme. I didn’t think much about where to go, to be honest. I thought an exchange programme anywhere would be interesting.

How did you improve your English?

My host family didn’t have an Internet connection. I was quite surprised at first, but after a while, I got used to it. It meant that I was surrounded by English all the time, so I got lots of practice.

In what other ways did living abroad benefit you?

I had a great time. I really enjoyed my classes. I think the experience made me a better person. And I learned so much about American culture.

What’s your best memory from the US?

The best thing was the friendships with my host family and classmates. I also got to experience some American school traditions. That year, I was voted Snowball Queen at a dance. It was one of the happiest moments in my life. 


Praowpan Tansitpong (Aum) 32, university professor Studied in Providence, Rhode Island and Troy, New York, United States Masters in Science: Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (1 year) Doctorate in Management (4 years)

What attracted you to studying in the US?

Students are encouraged to think for themselves and discuss their ideas. During my master’s, I interviewed a New York senator. I could go directly to companies or university labs to get the answers that I was looking for.

How did you improve your English?

I had to adapt quickly. I gave presentations almost every day and interviewed people in English. It was a big challenge. I drafted everything before speaking. It took a long time, but it was worth it.

In what other ways did living abroad benefit you?

Brown University is a very liberal school. People are open and friendly. I got involved in the university newspaper and took part in fundraising events. It was a great experience.

What’s your best memory from the US?

I saw how people there set up local businesses, like small tech companies. These ideas help to build the US economy.

 

Origin: https://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/learning-entertainment/1384058/a-whole-new-world

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