Tina Shares Her Personal Growth Studying at Bangkok School of Management
Tina was a bachelor student at Bangkok School of Management and moved to Northumbria University to complete her final year in the U.K., after completing 2 years at BSM. She took a time to explain how BSM and Northumbria University contributed to her personal growth during the time she was a student.
I very much enjoyed my study life in Bangkok School of Management (BSM). All the courses were taught in English by Lecturers who were native English speakers. The style of teaching was very different from what I experienced in my home country, as it was interactive and based on actual learning. During class, we were not expected to only read our lecture notes but were encouraged to interrupt, to ask questions, and to participate in lots of class activities which allowed us to put in place what we learnt. We did not just learn theoretical concepts but were encouraged to apply the knowledge that we gained in the classroom to solve actual problems. After class, students, teachers and staff spent lots of time to interact and to join together in activities. The environment at BSM really felt like one big family.
After two years study in BSM to complete my higher diploma, I took the pathway option to complete my final year of study at Northumbria University, UK. I was quite nervous at the beginning in joining this well-known university as I was afraid to experience a different culture outside of Asia, and was also afraid that I was not competent enough. Surprisingly, it was very smooth, both when starting and continue the programme. My first two years of study and living in Bangkok really helped me a lot in this regards, not only in terms of grasping the necessary knowledge and skills but also in preparing me to become comfortable in living abroad. Soon after I made the move to the UK, I made lots of friends, helping each other we study, whilst also taking the chance to travel around the UK and nearby countries during the weekends. I spent a wonderful and memorable year in the UK, and achieved my goal of completing my study, and obtaining a BA (Hons) Degree in Finance and Accounting from Northumbria University, UK.
My time in university went by very quickly. When I first started the programme, I was only able to speak very simple English, until now whereby I can fluently communicate with others in English. Apart from that, I had transformed from being a shy, introverted girl, to become a confident speaker, able to speak in public to a wide range of audiences. In class, I am no longer afraid to answer questions and was involved in debating on a variety of topics with my classmates who come from many countries around the world. I was not a sociable or outgoing person by nature and would keep to myself even when I was at home. I did not go out with friends very often and kept to myself most of the time. However, when I was studying at Bangkok School of Management, I met people from all over the world and started to enjoy being with them, learning about different cultures, exploring the local food, and travelling together with my fellow classmates to nearby cities. I learnt to be independent and to make decisions by myself, with this experience opening my mind towards what is out there in the world. I have become more active in what I do, I have transformed into an outgoing person, and realize that life is full of laughter and enjoyment. I believe that those personal changes that I had experienced would not have happened to me if I had not left my country and moved to study in Thailand.
Tina's story was published in Sing Sian Yer Pao Daily News
I am proud to have finally graduated with a BA (Hons) in Finance and Accounting from Northumbria University UK, on 18th December 2015. This graduation date was a big milestone for me and is a date that I will always remember. As someone from a Myanmar Chinese descent, I was raised in a conservative and simple environment. It was a big step for me to move to Bangkok to study, but with the support and encouragement from family and friends, I decided to make that step and pursue this further avenue of study after my graduation from high school.