My First Time as an Exchange Student in England

When I think of England, the first thing that comes to mind is its vibrant city. The country boasts a rich history and culture, with famous historical landmarks like Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. Additionally, England is home to world-renowned universities such as Oxford. The country’s culture is diverse and has many well-known historical attractions. English is one of the most important languages globally and is widely used in business, education, and diplomacy. The British people are known for their politeness and friendly nature, making them popular with visitors.

My family and I have a strong passion for football, and I particularly support Manchester United. I have always loved this team since I was a child, and I dream of visiting the Old Trafford stadium at least once in my life. I also hope to try beef Wellington, a dish I have always wanted to taste, while I’m there. Shopping is another thing on my list, as I’ve heard Britain is a paradise for shoppers, offering everything from high-end fashion to unique antiques. Lastly, I want to participate in British festivals, which take place all year round, from music to food, as they provide an excellent opportunity to experience the local culture and enjoy it.

In December, I had the opportunity to participate in a student exchange program at the University of Westminster, where I had the chance to connect with and learn from fellow students. I miss them dearly, as they were all charming individuals with wonderful personalities.

While visiting England, I am focused on improving my language skills. Learning a foreign language in my daily life will help me improve my speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. I plan to arrange joint activities between Thai students and Westminster students to gain social skills and have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences. Making new friends, understanding different cultures, and establishing new friendships is my ultimate goal.

I believe that my upcoming trip to England will be an opportunity for me to gain valuable experiences and learn about new things, such as food and culture, that are different from those in Thailand. I’m looking forward to making new friends, practising my language skills by conversing with restaurant staff and locals, and, most importantly, building my confidence in speaking English. As this is my first time travelling abroad, I need to plan everything and learn how to adapt to the new environment. I’m excited to take on this challenge as it will help me grow and gain a lot of experience.”

Aunchalee Sondee, Faculty of Social Sciences, Law, Kasetsart University

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