I completely fell in love, not with a person, but with the moments with these new friends, the stories they shared, the adventures and the laughing we shared and such a diverse combination of cultures and traditions. I completely embraced these moments and made the most of it and it was the biggest highlight of my trip, and some of the best days of my life.
Within Stenden Thailand, the whole classroom experience was incredible from our first introduction lecture (where we all sat with goosebumps of enthusiasm) right until our farewell (where we were wiping the tears from our faces). The lecturers were so welcoming and compatible, and always made an effort to make each class interesting and inspiring. Our classroom dynamics were so lit up and colorful with students from so many different backgrounds, degrees, cultures and home countries, I was always learning something new from our interactions on a daily basis.
School wise my goal was to learn and expand my knowledge on international relations in all aspects of it. Looking back over the last 10 weeks I can definitely see how much I have learnt inside the classrooms, guest speaking lectures and field trips, and how much it has lit a passion within me. I have also been able to use what I have learnt in conversations with others, and my hobbies such as creative blog posting. I can guarantee this module has helped equip me with the skillset and tools that will catapult me in my future career and relations.
One of the most incredible things we did was to learn a new language, and what better than to indulge into a beautiful new culture, by learning their language first-hand. At first it was really challenging learning Thai, but once we realized how effective it was in earning the Thai peoples respect and appreciation and helping form new friendship bonds it became easier and enjoyable.