Starting in Thailand

5/9/2014 Blog by Ken­neth Vallester, CUSP, Glob­al­iza­tion and the Soci­eties of South­east Asia, Thailand

Since my fam­ily had moved to United States, I’ve lived my life mostly in my com­fort zone. It was rare that I would go and take risks as a stu­dent. Many of my friends and my cousins in their fresh­men year lived in the dor­mi­tory went to school out of state, and oth­ers went even as far as study­ing abroad in their sec­ond quar­ter of col­lege. I would always tell myself that when I get to col­lege, I will do as many things as pos­si­ble. I would try new things and explore things that I’ve never even thought of doing. None of this ever hap­pened. How­ever, in the start of my sopho­more year, I expe­ri­enced an awak­en­ing moment. As I was rem­i­nisc­ing, I felt that my fresh­men year felt like it was a waste of time because all I did was go to my classes then go straight to work.

After that moment, I had a sud­den urge to go to the UW Study Abroad web­site to search for pro­grams. I didn’t have to look very far. When I went to the “fea­tured pro­grams” page, I saw “CUSP THAILAND” and I knew from that point on, I was spend­ing my spring quar­ter in Bangkok. So far, it has been an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence. It is def­i­nitely a place that I will visit again. I will def­i­nitely rec­om­mend study­ing abroad for any stu­dent because you will expe­ri­ence things that will not hap­pen at home.

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