from Chiang Mai, Thailand
1st year, Global Studies Major
Lanna International School,
Why did you choose to study at Ritsumeikan University?
When I was in Thailand, I often visited Kyoto where my dad is originally from. I really like this historical city. As studying at a university in Japan was my ambition, I looked for universities in or near Kyoto. Although I have been studying Japanese in Thailand, however, I was not confident to take classes solely in Japanese. I was quite chuffed when I found the Global Studies Major, which allowed me to take classes not only in English, but also classes in Japanese when I am ready.
I heard that you are taking language courses other than Japanese.
If you have a high proficiency in Japanese (i.e. passed JLPT N1), you can take language classes other than Japanese. You can choose from five languages: Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish and German. I have many friends living in Germany and that is why I am taking German classes. I am working very hard on it and hopefully I can visit them in Germany in near future!
What classes are you enjoying most?
“Introduction to Law” has unexpectedly become my favorite class. It is challenging to learn complicated law concepts but Professor Bhandari is always there to help you through with clear explanations and examples. He teaches us how think logically and in class, everyone needs to build our own valid opinions after he has explained to us all the key ideas and provided the knowledge required. I think this course developed me a lot.
What is your best memory of this year?
My Kin-Ball team won the 3rd place in a tournament in Osaka this summer! It’s a ball game started in Quebec, Canada but the ball is HUGE! My GS classmate started the team with a few members only but now the team is getting bigger! We do practice after school and it’s a lot of fun!
How did you spend your first summer in Kyoto?
This summer, I took a special course of “Peace Studies Seminar” and I went on a school trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I joined this trip hoping to see the realities of atomic bombing and to learn about the current peace keeping efforts. In six days, we visited a lot of peace keeping sites and we had the chance to meet up with survivors from the bomb. Their stories gave me a chance to reflect and this trip has become the most unforgettable experience ever.