My experiences studying abroad so far has been absolutely wonderful and sometimes I have so much fun here it doesn’t feel like I’m at school. I mean that in the best way possible, of course, but I’ve just been looking forward to going to class so much, reading up on the articles, and discussing these topics in class that the engaging learning environment actually makes it fun to learn.
This past week and a half has flown by so fast already, and I just want classes to go by even slower because I don’t want these 7 weeks to ever end. I was thinking to myself earlier this week, and I think I could be totally happy just extending my trip here for another year or even coming back here for a masters program. That’s besides the point because realistically I’m going back to San Diego in the fall to work, study and resume regular classes, but I’ve always been quite an idealistic person so it’s quite exciting to think about opportunities outside of my norms.
First day excitement of meeting all of our classmates and getting all our materials.
They served us lunch on our first day of orientation.
For the first week, we had several “transformative learning” sessions held by Jay, who started his own company called Transformagent and focuses on youth empowerment through creative learning and allowing young individuals to pursue and explore their passions. We did numerous icebreakers and activities to help us get to know each other more and reflect on what we hoped to get out of the program, goals for the next 7 weeks, and a lot of self-reflection. I personally love having quality conversations and sharing my experiences/listening to others’ stories and interests, so this was actually a great way to get to know other people more, especially since we will really get to know and spend more time with each other over the course of this program.
Just a casual walk to the canteen, where we get our food for lunch and dinner everyday.
Hellllooo, Vi (aka photographer friend who took all these photos)!! There’s a smoothie stand in the Green Canteen, and their smoothies are all super healthy and delicious.
First day of class also happened to be on my birthday and my lovely classmates burst out in song on the shuttle on our way back home from class :’) At night, my roommate and I went out for dinner and dessert and we had THIS. OOOHHH EM GEE. This is literally everything you could ever want in a dessert-Thai tea, shaved snow, break toast, ice cream, AND boba. I’m never going back to regular shaved snow…
Had to take a side view of how amazing this was because we were definitely not expecting the Thai ice cream in the middle or the layer of brick toast underneath all that shaved snow.
And a group photo of all the students in the program from our trip to Ayutthaya!! Such an amazing group of individuals and everyone is just so friendly and passionate and AHHH I think I will just be perpetually excited for the rest of this program. So incredibly grateful to have this experience (thank you Mom and Dad for all you do!!!!!) and I’ll continue to keep posting (hopefully) so stay tuned! Thank you for reading ♥