An interview with Premjit Sritrakul, from Thailand, who is studying in Pomona, California State Polytechnic University.
Why did you decide to study in the America?
I think the United States is the best country to study for a Master’s Degree, especially in Business.
How did you choose your intensive English program?
My plan was to study in the Master’s Program, so naturally I chose to study English at the English Language Institute (ELI) on campus.
I had also heard through friends that CPELI was a good program.
What do you like best?
The language institute has excellent teachers. They would explain and answer every question. They made learning in class fun. The CPELI faculty and staff spend a great deal of time working with each student to make sure they’re prepared to enter an American college or university.
Also, there are many off-campus activities that I could enjoy. I was able to learn more about American culture and practice my English at the same time. We went to many local attractions, such as museums, Disneyland, a beach trip and a dinner cruise in Long Beach.
How has this program helped you to handle future study at a U.S. university?
I studied at the language institute for one quarter. This is my second quarter in the MBA program. While at the ELI, my English improved a lot, mainly in the speaking and writing competencies. CPELI helped me know what to expect once I entered the university.
What was your biggest surprise?
Living and studying in California is not as difficult as I thought it would be. The weather is nice and I enjoy the people.
How have you handled:
I try not to speak in my own language and I watch a lot of movies. If I don’t understand someone, I ask them to repeat what they said or ask them to explain.
My parents pay all my expenses.
...Adjusting to a different educational system?
I have had to learn to speak as much as possible in class. In my country, students don’t have many opportunities to speak or share their opinions during class.
What are your activities?
I joined the Thai Student Association. With this club I have traveled to Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
How is your U.S. education relevant to your personal goals and to the needs of your country?
I want to own my own business. I consider myself an “Entrepreneur.” Getting my Master’s in the U.S.A. will help me meet my goals in my country.