Report from Students

Study Abroad Report (2016 inbound: Chulalongkorn University)

Chulalongkorn 05.24.2016

Anakavee Termsinsuk
Chulalongkorn University

Hello! My name is Anakavee Termsinsuk, or Vee, as people usually call me. I am currently studying in the College of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University. Through the AIMS program, I have acquired priceless knowledge, experience, and memories, which I will always cherish.

In terms of academic experience, classes here have offered me the chance to take a look at my own country and culture from a different perspective by comparing it to other countries. Global Simulation Gaming (GSG) is one of the recommended classes for AIMS students and I am glad that I decided to take it. The fun challenge that I inevitably have to take on is explaining Thailand’s situation in terms of politics and international relations to Japanese students who are not familiar with it.

Additionally, the Special Lecture classes which was also recommended for AIMS students has become something that I look forward to every week. Through student presentations, I have learned a lot about Indonesian and Japanese culture. We always have lively discussions in class regarding the difference between our cultures and how people of each country will react to certain problems or matters in different ways. I also learn a lot about Thai culture through questions about Thailand which were asked by classmates as well. As I tried to answer them, I realized that I have taken many aspects of Thai culture for granted. These classes give me a chance to gain more understanding and appreciation of my own culture, as well as the others, which is something that I am very thankful for.

Aside from the classes, living in Japan brings new challenges and excitement everyday. Going grocery shopping and cooking with friends is something that I was not able to experience in my home country. Traveling around Kyoto and the Kansai region by bus and train makes me realize that the convenience of public transportation can unexpectedly cause confusion. It’s easy to go anywhere by bus and train, but it’s also as easy to get lost. However, the kindness of Japanese people always helps me find my way back home, and I can’t express how much Japan has impressed me.

Through the participation of the AIMS program, I have the opportunity to communicate with people from all over the world and my perspective has widened greatly through interactions with people from other cultures, both inside and outside of class. The experience is invaluable and will certainly help me grow as a person, and I will make sure to make the best out of my time left here at Ritsumeikan University!