March 1, 2022

Temporary yet memorable, SPPC (Summer Pre-Program Course) certainly fulfilled my lifelong wish as a student for once.

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Temporary yet memorable, SPPC (Summer Pre-Program Course) certainly fulfilled my lifelong wish as a student for once. I have to admit that study is undoubtedly enjoyable when we focus only on learning without thinking about homework, deadlines, or grades.
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(っ◕‿◕)っ ♥ Fortunately, GSSE provided this program before the semester started because it worked as the first-ever doorstep for students to familiarize themselves with a new environment.
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To be honest, it can be pretty overwhelming and challenging for some people, including myself, to the point where I wonder, “Why am I here in the first place?”. The faculty ensured that all students would have a wonderful experience from the beginning of SPPC by providing orientation, interacting with seniors, and hosting a Q&A session.
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Story by Ruby Cohort 8
Illustration by Dream Cohort 8
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In SPPC, There were games during the ice-breaking session, which I enjoyed a lot. By having seniors involved in these games, I was able to get an in-depth understanding of how GSSE is, the exam, and students’ lifestyles here.

At first, we felt awkward because we were initially strangers who happened to become juniors and seniors. Still, I really appreciate all seniors’ efforts. They were trying their best to brighten up the mood and were the ones who mainly initiated the conversation. Still, I was so out of place. (*꒦ິ꒳꒦ີ)

As the days went by, there were some days that caused too much stress and pressure. Online learning was already hard in the first place because it was easy to get tired and unmotivated. Unfortunately, a personal problem—the language barrier—arose. I actually have already braced myself for this situation beforehand, but the reality hit me differently as expected. (╥﹏╥)

I planned to take this as a challenge in learning a new language, but it required time and effort. My Thai proficiency skill is at a beginner level, and it also caused me stress.

Like a survivor, I love how GSSE created a session called “Self-awareness in the university experience” where all students can voice out their concerns and experience. Ironically, I first thought it was about “Do’s and Don’ts” in university.

This session is probably my turning point in SPPC. Two seniors facilitated it (P’Dew from Cohort 2 and P’Linh from Cohort 6). They shared the life experiences that shaped them into who they are today, and I was amused by that. (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)

They also provided many helpful tips such as working experience, getting internships, answering questions about adapting to our life here, and being confident. Then, we were separated into two breakout rooms where we could understand each senior and ask more questions.

In one of the rooms, a senior asked, “When do you feel the most vulnerable?”.

I only heard it from a friend since I was not in that room. I even heard that someone cried. :”(

At that moment, I was thinking that I would be crying as well if I was there. Is this a blessing in disguise? After the session ended, I felt so thankful that it existed. I cannot imagine becoming the “Me” now if I didn’t experience that session. I realized that we were only human after all, and we were all trying to walk our life to reach our goals.

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Along the way, without any realization, looking forward to tomorrow’s session has become my new routine. There is always something new each day from regular lectures and workshops. I was drawn to a class and workshop that have the same theme.

It was Design Thinking. The information contained in both sessions was easily understood but complex at the same time. I learned that ‘design’ is not to impress but to think about the users. After all, design contains more than just ideas. Still, there are other elements full of “Why?” and need to be analyzed and questioned thoroughly.

Sometimes, we had a simple discussion among ourselves during lessons. A time during “Development from a Gender Perspective” was still fresh in my mind.

I was amused by how popular this topic was. Almost everyone suddenly debated this topic, and they talked about gender stereotypes, norms in society, and social media.

It was profound and funny at the same time because many people spoke at the same time. Aj.Piyasuda, who taught us that day, also felt amused judging from her expressions. ヾ(☆▽☆)

As there is a wide range of topics discussed throughout SPPC, self-discovery and self-improvement took forms. It potentially left an impact by the end of SPPC. It is best to keep in mind that you won’t only be at the receiving end, but the one who can be involved in all sessions.

“I get to learn about areas that I am capable of and areas that I am still lacking.“ & “This will also help to decide about the path that I am going to choose.”

 

Ruby

Connections in class can be easily formed because we often join in discussions and get to know each other more—especially during group projects of our own interests. This allows us to be independent and creative in our own way. It can also help us recognize which people have the same interest and would eventually help get along with each other.

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We were assigned to form our own group. Most people quickly formed their group asking each other through Line or Instagram. Most of them discussed their project through Zoom meetings. However, my group entirely contacted each other through voice calls because we were first to know each other. And presumably, we felt a little shy showing our faces. (-ω-、)

Still, our discussion went smoothly without any problems. There was a time when I almost lost my temper because we were unsure about our choice of topic. As the deadline approached, I panicked. Thankfully, we finished our project on time!

。*:☆(・ω・人・ω・)。:゜☆。 The day to present our projects is called “GSSE Impact Fest.” It was a gathering of lecturers who will act as investors, seniors, and us from Cohort 8. Since it was the last day of SPPC, I felt so relieved that it beautifully ended. However, it got me thinking about how time flies and SPPC will be missed.

Everyone’s experiences will take different shapes. But looking back, you will definitely see yourself growing into a BETTER version of yourself both academically and critically in the SPPC. I hope that my story will inspire you, too!

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