By Phiphat Sukjindasatian
2008 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program
After the long journey from Bangkok, Thailand to Bozeman, Montana, I was so impressed with all the things here. The first thing is that I feel Im so lucky to be here as the officers at Office of International Program here is very kind and generous. They help and support me with every thing they could, and it seems like I dont have any problems here at MSU so far. The first time I heard about other Global UGRAD students in MSU was just when I arrived. But when I met them, I think they look so familiar to me because we are from the same region and we have the same attitudes. Rashid, Ascii, Pui Thing, Chin, Ella and Nirle are now very good friends of mine. We have meals, classes and go everywhere together. In addition, were going to be volunteers in the Sweet Pea Art Festival of Bozeman City this weekend for the childrens activities, and it sure will be fun!
Last Friday I took A.C.E. test which comprised four parts; speaking, writing, listening and structure test. Furthermore, Ive taken English classes since Monday. Seminar, writing and speaking classes are different. The seminar class is very fun and useful. The teacher creates an open atmosphere in the class so that everyone can discuss any interesting issues altogether.
In addition, with reference to the book of Sherman Alexie named The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian, we focus on racial issues which are very interesting and up-to-date. Writing class is more grammatical, but surprisingly, its not boring at all. A lot of lessons Ive learned are very new and practical. The last one is the speaking class where Ive already delivered my first speech. In addition, I hope to improve my presentation in English from this class progressively.
The five days of classes and homework have already gone by, and I just wondered how I could get these much salutary stuff in just five days? I notice that learning English in Thailand ultimately differs from learning English in the U.S. For instance, Thai teachers dont encourage students to speak English or even talk and discuss with them, and I have a strong impression that discussion is very helpful to understand the lessons more clearly.
Ive been trying to improve myself since I arrived here. I hope that after this pre-university English course, I will be able to gain great improvement out of it. Therefore, I always try to explore and learn something new, and for this weekend, I will enjoy doing interesting activities at the festival. More than that is to recharge my energy for any unexpected surprises in many weeks to come.
About the Grantee
Mr. Phiphat Sukjindasatian, 2008 Global Undergraduate Exchange Grantee, is a third year student from Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University to undertake one academic semester at Montana State University at Bozeman, Montana. Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is a new exchange program for undergraduate students which provides scholarships for one semester or one academic year of U.S. study in a non-degree program. The goal of the program is to provide a diverse group of emerging student leaders, from non-elite and under-represented group in East Asia, with a substantive exchange experience at a U.S. college or university.
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