Impressions of HUE exchange students studying in Rajapruk University Thailand Ⅰ
As an important part of international cooperation, exchange programme plays an important role in promoting academic exchanges between China and other countries and friendship between Chinese and foreign youths. On 5th September this year, eight students from different schools of Haikou University of Economics went to Rajapruk University of Thailand to start a one-year exchange programme. Through this project, students experience the teaching mode and life style of university in Thailand. The outdoor teaching plus social practice broadens their horizons and enriches their experience. Following are the articles of the eight students who have been studying and living in Rajapruk university for a month. The editor has not made any revision in order to let the readers fully share their experience.
New experience for exchange student in Thailand
I think I am very lucky that I can be one of eight exchange students in Haikou University of Economics to study in Thailand. And I arrived in Thailand on September fifth. Now a mouth has passed and I feel a lot to sum up my life in Thailand. I hope everyone can learn about the life of Thailand. Here are some details.
First of all, the people that I meet always smiling to me, which impressed me a lot. For example, the staff in the canteen always smiled at me when I went to buy food, which makes me feel very warm and moved. Also, when I meet a teacher in the corridor, I will close my hands and say "sa wa di ka" to show respect and good wishes. Then the teacher will answer with a smile. When I am in the elevator, the teachers will not press the elevator for me until they know that I am safe to get out of the elevator. Therefore, the people in Thailand are very polite which makes me feel comfortable and thankful.
As we all know, Thailand is a Buddhist, so the Buddhist has a great influence on the daily life of Thai people. Therefore, the lesson that every student has to do every day is to recite sutras in school. All students gather on the playground at 7:40 every morning. There are two routine activities: one is the national anthem and the other one is chanting. Thai people love slow-paced life, nature as well as pursuing tranquility. This is a way of self-cultivation, giving people more space to think. It has deeply penetrated into everyone's life. Every morning when listening to the teacher or when the school is meeting, the students should sit cross-legged and listen carefully. One of the most impressive activities was that eight of our exchange students, leading by Miss. Dai, went to another campus of Rajapruk University for activities. The activity included two parts: donating food for monks and doing action with Thai students to promote friendship. All students and teachers need to meditate like monks so that they can keep away from evil and bless peace. The teacher also tied the rope to our hands and wished us health and happiness. We knelt down to get it. After that we all made a lot of Thai friends, which helps us improve our Thai quickly. I think this activity is pretty meaningful.
What's more, students have very little homework after school. They have a lot of time to go to the football field to play football. So do primary school students. Unlike Chinese students, they have to do lots of homework and take extra lessons after class. Therefore, I think "Survival education" has always been the core of Thai education, throughout the whole process of teaching activities, aiming at cultivating students' survival ability, practical ability, independence and cooperation.
To sum up, Life is not only work, but also extra self-relaxation to enjoy life and understand the true meaning of life. In my opinion, to study as an exchange student in Thailand is not only a process of learning, but also a process of cultivating one's mind. It helps me more peaceful, modest and indifferent to fame and fortune in my own heart.
After studying this time in Thailand, I gained a lot. There are many different places in the culture of Thailand and China, which gives me a lot of insights.
First of all, Thai students are very united and different from Chinese students. They like sports very much, and every day in the school, Thai students who play football and table tennis can be seen. Their vision is very good, and it is rare to see Thai students wearing glasses. Use mobile phones in Chinese classrooms to be sneaky. In Thailand, you can use them brightly. The study here is taught in English and Thai, so it is difficult for me. After all, I am an art student, and the ability of the culture class is not very strong. But the tutor here is very patient, although it is a little hard to learn, but after this period of time, I have made progress in learning Thai.
I like Thai food very much, so I am very interested in the food in the cafeteria. The price here is not very expensive, so I will try a lot of food. It’s important to go out alone, so the mindset is very important. But Thai teachers are very enthusiastic, and they will really help you when you are in trouble. There are also many Chinese students studying at the school, and everyone is very friendly. Medical expenses are very expensive when you see a doctor in Thailand, so it is necessary to have medical insurance.
The weather in Thailand is very hot, but because we used to study in Hainan, it is actually quite similar, so the environment to adapt to this will be very fast.
Thailand is a country that values courtesy and has many of its own traditional cultures. Thailand's population quality is very high, so you can't lose the face of the Chinese when you go out, and you will restrain yourself a lot. In short, this study life has benefited me a lot.
The feeling in Thailand
I was excited and nervous about this journey to a foreign country by myself. I couldn't sleep well until the night before the plane took off, due to I were going to a place where didn't speak Chinese, language communication, eating habit and culture were all unfamiliar to me.
I arrived in Thailand after an hour and a half flight. when I walked into Suvarnabhumi airport. It made me realize that this is Thailand where I will live and study for a year.
With the street lamp at night, I looked at this strange country to me. Each building bears trace of age, and some old temples are located in it, blending perfectly with new building. In this atmosphere, you can feel that this is Thailand.
The universities in Thailand is different with universities in China, such as you must to wear uniform during school. The time and the way of class are also different. The class start at 9 a.m and end of 4 p.m There will be no textbook, and the content of the class is usually decided by teacher himself. What surprise me most is that teachers and students in Thai usually don't arrive on time.
All teachers are very friendly to us. When we have trouble, they will help us as much as possible. There is a teacher, who we called him " china hand". Although he is a Thai teacher but he can speak Chinese fluently. In the course of the class, there are many funny things, for example, he has asked us. If informal university called "diploma mill", why aren't informal professor called "pheasant professor". These interesting things make me awarded of the culture differences and these differences reval that county's culture is unique. However, the funny things, caused by these differences of culture make us closer to each other.
Thailand is a Buddhist country and the person also respect the royal family. What's more, you can see stupa and the portrait of the king everywhere.
The place of life in Thailand is slower than in China. From my own perspective, in China, everyone is chasing time; on the contrary, people in Thai more like to enjoy their own time.
There are quite a few differences between Thailand and china. I have been living here for a month and I will be here for a long time. It's joyful to stay here, at the same time, I will be eager to rich myself by broaden my horizons for this year.
My feelings in Thailand.
Past more than one month, I had quite a few experiences in Thailand different from China, ranging from language, lifestyles, cultural background and so on.
I took flight from ChangSha to Bankok for six hours then I came to the beautiful nation-Thailand. Having arrived in Bankok, I happened to find a superrich that could exchange RMB and Thai Baht according to daily exchange rate. It is so convenient for foreigners to simply exchange the local cash. After that, I prepared to go through the custom but there was some progress that I was not sure, after all it was the first time to go abroad. When I sent my passport to a man wearing uniform, looking like very cautious and serious, the man smiled without any madness even if I did not how to pass their checks. Possibly, I was too nervous, seeing so many people look like me but speak totally different language. At that moment, kinds of complex emotions flashed from my heart. At the airport, two teachers was waitting, one of them could speak Chinese fluently. They wore scholastic uniforms, showing pretty good politeness to us. What is worth mentioning is that Thai is so polite and kind, making me at home.
When it comes to teachers, I would like to introduce my head teacher, AJ TAI, a graceful woman having both beauty and talent. I could not use my calling card from AIS company so I asked help for AJ TAI. She took me to a big mall where AIS company located in here, driving her own car by herself. However, things were not going well as we expected. We asked the saleswoman three or four times about the problems of card, asking help for the maintainence man about my mobile phone. In the end, by our concerted efforts, we solved the problem through taking down the card and changing the location of two calling cards. In the course of the entire progress, she was so patient to do me a favor without any return, which really touched me deeply. After we finished the repair, she would have a meeting without a short break.
The short-term pain caused by these challenges in life, may be in the long-term interest of develop our capacity.
It is, indeed, there are some differences and similarities between the language of two countries.
As far as tone goes, stress varies from European and American countries such as visa, strawberry, cantaloup , and other daily words.Thai people transfer some English words into loanwords by virtue of their language system. In school, Monday is a relaxing day for all of us, we can have a rest day. In addition, we have to eat dinner earlier than we are in China for canteen will close at 5 p.m..What's more, no matter who you are students or teachers, you do not have a break after lunch. We can make full use of one hour to take a break if our class ends early or next class begins lately.
Additionally, multinational cultures enable our brains to be a active state in some degrees. When taking a taxi to 711 or supermarket, we could see kinds of delicate cottages aside roads. It is more specially mentioned that colorful appearance of buildings. Far from that, it seems like Thai people are color's enthusiasts for the reason that they wear bright colors clothes in daily life. Of course, we can look a gorgeous body of billboards everywhere. Not only their building appearance is unique, but their internal structure of building. In residential buildings, in general, parking place sets as 7 storeys, which means Thai will park their cars inside. As far as the locals, it is convenient for residents to park their cars, at the same time, it will set aside lots of space for city construction. In my opinion, it can be called a design of humanization.
Then, I tend to talk about Thai taxi and drivers. It is all known that Thai taxi have six colors appearance. Drivers do not like people have food including drinking inside cars and they hope passagers talk in low sound. If we are uncareful about that, we will be blamed or got out of the car. It sounds really amazing, very characteristic, right? It is not only a rule but a politeness and dignity.
Similarly, as exchange students, we present the face of our motherland. Therefore, we should meet challenges and improve abilities at the same time. As a special part within my lifetime, I will try my best to achieve without regrets.
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