all began when I decided to come to Thailand for a degree. I
was tempted to pursue a degree from Thailand as well. Get away
from the cold weather of Bhutan, avoid the great pressure in
local universities, experience a different life, have fun and
get a prestigious degree.
First few days
Coming from a cold country, the first few
days in Bangkok had been very exciting, but a drastic change.
Perhaps many people would think that getting away from the
watching eyes of your parents would be the best encounter ever
in your life, but the tendency of you missing someone you love
will be there. Luckily, I brought photos of my family and my
International Student Orientation
am glad that I had attended the Student Orientation Program
offered at IIS-RU. It was there that I got to know many friends
and learn many things about Thai culture. Eventually, I got to
know how to get about in IIS-RU.
The great struggle of my life began when
the term started. For the first weeks, I could hardly
understand what the lecturers were teaching. It were not the
theories or concepts that I could not understand, but it was
their English. Despite the fact that I had been studying
English as my first language for more than 12 years, I simply
could not understand their American accent. To make things
worse, some lecturers scribble what makes their handwriting
illegible. Even if you could make out what it was, do go
through the notes back at home because you are bound to
misread the handwritings.
are well known in the world for their friendliness, and no
doubt about that, especially the elderly. They have never
failed to make me laugh. They love to offer their help to
anyone. My friend told me, once he went shopping and had
bought lots of stuffs. He laid down everything on the floor,
waiting for another friend when a helpful old man came to him
and offered to carry the things for him. The helpful old man
was so old that my friend thought perhaps he should be the one
to help him instead.
Perhaps any student from the cold countries
would say that they are going enjoy the warm weather in
Bangkok. However, I would say it is not going to be very true.
It would be very nice if you are on a few weeks tour, but not
for months as a student.
Life now in IIS-RU, in my second year
Life in IIS-RU can never be any better now. I
am living in harmony with my housemates. We joke together,
play together and eat together.
Life is not perfect
the saying goes, nothing is perfect. Life can be great in a
whole new world, but there are definitely things around to
upset you. This may not be an eternal truth, but I discovered
something about local students with almost all of my Asian
friends are experiencing the same problem as me. Thai students
tend to leave their used cookeries and utensils all over the
kitchen for weeks. Even for months, to the stage that the
utensils get mouldy. I was very fed up with my housemates
initially and certainly did make a lot of noise. However, this
has never hindered the good relationship between my housemates
and me, simply because they now do their dishes when I tell
Grab the chance
If you have a chance to come to Bangkok for
further studies, grab the chance. It is a wonderful
experience. You are not just getting a degree here, but learn
to be independent and have fun. You will love the social life
in IIS-RU if you are a person who likes to joke and stay out late
at night. And you will brush up your cooking skills, if you
are going to stay in a self-catering accommodation.
I strongly recommend you to study at the
Institute of International Studies at Ramkhamhaeng University.
I am looking forward to seeing you there, and certainly to
help you with the first steps. So are most fellow students as
well, therefore no reason to fear too much homesickness!
Take care, and hope to see you soon!