I fell in love with Chiang Mai, Thailand from the moment I stepped off of the plane.
As the days passed, I discovered more and fell deeper in love with the city. I met wonderful people who treated me well; people who were more than willing to teach me the Thai culture and kindly explain it.
Through my internship in Thailand, I got the chance to meet and know more Thai people, teachers, and students who opened their arms to welcome me. They made my experience in Thailand even more special.
The USAC staff, Jum, Malisa, and Siri are wonderful, patient, and beautiful inside and out. They were always there when I needed them, and they truly care about the well-being of every student. They go out of their way to make sure every trip and activity goes smoothly. I feel blessed to have met these people and will miss them very much.
Mor-Chor (or Chiang Mai University) is beautiful. I remember walking through the big campus in awe of its beauty. The students are so very helpful when you ask for help. Everyone is so supportive of one another, and everyone is always smiling. Thailand feels like home. It is comfortable and it is easy to get around. Also, I loved the view from my bedroom window. I often found myself lying on my bed staring out towards the mountains and the trees.
The courses provided in Thailand are interesting, and the professors are fun and kind. The trips and activities planned by USAC were fun and a great learning experience of Thailand. Furthermore, there are so many things a person can do and so many places to visit in Thailand; temples, rivers, shops, markets, hiking, rafting, and so many more. I did not regret choosing Thailand, and I know that whoever sets their eyes on Thailand will love it as much as I did.
Reflected by Nanry Yang
It has been one of my best decisions to study abroad in Thailand. I love Thailand: the people, the food, and the culture.
In addition, I have always wanted to learn how to speak Thai because I enjoyed watching Thai dramas. I have learned so many phrases and have spoken to the local people; and in some cases, I actually understand them.
Thai people are so kind that I’m not embarrassed to make a mistake because I can learn from them. In addition language, I was able to learn more about the culture.
During my stay in Thailand, I participated in the freshman hike to Doi Suthep. It was a memorable and fun experience because freshmen from different faculties would dress up accordingly and cheer on one another as they hike. Throughout the hike, the unity and vibe of the CMU students were so powerful that I didn’t felt as tired as I thought I would be.
All the field trips and activities were worthwhile and great ways to immerse oneself into the culture. The trekking tour and the trip to Mae Kampong were my favorite. We experienced a different lifestyle and learned how to adapt.
Furthermore, I interned at Wat Sri Soda. Teaching English to monks was challenging but at the same time rewarding. It was a good opportunity to get to know how monks live and what they do. As a result, I have built more self-confidence by teaching.
As I reflect back, I have seen differences in myself and have overcome some of my fears. For example, I have spoken in class more in Thailand than I would in America because of the small class sizes. Most importantly, I have been exploring and doing more things here in Chiang Mai other than studying.
I will definitely miss Thailand and the USAC staffs, professors, and students who have given me a new perspective.
Reflected by Myers Lor