Studying abroad means studying life

My name is Banthita Ritbandhit and I am a senior student at Thammasat University from Thailand. During this exchange at the ZHAW School of Engineering, my field of study was Information and Communication Technologies because that is also the major I study in my hometown.

In my free time I was already enjoying playing games so much. However, since I came to Switzerland, I added a lot more things into my hobby list such as cooking, traveling, and gardening! (but gaming is still one of my favorite hobbies).

Hiking at the Rigi.

Winterthur is a clean, calm, and beautiful town. Just looking around from my dormitory’s balcony already makes me smile 🙂 The buildings are cute and I could see mountains around. People at my place were friendly, they helped me with many things such as teaching me how to cook, explaining the rules, and translating letters in German, as they knew I was new to the country.

Many international students are interested in schooling in Switzerland. Switzerland’s higher education system is widely respected as one of the world’s best. Studying in such an awesome education system was always my desired future. And ZHAW is one of the largest University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland that has my interesting major, Information and Communication Technologies.

The study content is very useful in real life. Many practical assignments were provided for better understanding. Teachers here do really care about their students. When I had problems, they did not hesitate to help me. In addition, the classes were not boring at all since the lectorers were funny and happy to teach. So I got much more knowledge about IoT, IT Security, and German languages which were the classes I attended. Other than education, I also gained several skills in other aspects of life. Because of the expensive food in Switzerland, I had to cook by myself. My cooking skills got better day by day, and I think I am pretty good at it now:) Also, my English is upgraded, because I had to talk in English with others every day since I do not speak German.

In Thailand, I rarely went out since I was not interested in traveling that much. But in Switzerland I decided to take this opportunity, because it is in the middle of Europe and the country itself is beautiful. I planned, traveled, and tried several things that I am able to do it in my home country. Sometimes there was an obstacle that made me feel really bad, but in the end, they always turned into some jokes to tell others. One time in Belgium, I booked the bus to the Netherlands after midnight (~2AM). I had no hotel or any place to stay but that was okay because I could stay in the train station. Unfortunately, the bus was delayed for three hours, and when it is was time, there was no bus. It was raining and very cold. And around 4 or 5 a.m. the train station closed. I was suffering. Really! I felt very bad and felt like I was going to get sick soon. But finally I was able to manage booking another bus at 7 a.m. which still required long time waiting. But yeah, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.

Banthita travelled Europe while studying in Winterthur.

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