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– A world of opportunities

I really like the teachers, they are awesome. So full of knowledge and since the classes are small I feel comfortable asking questions.

Bless Kulphassorn Wongrukrut

From Thailand

Bless Kulphassorn Wongrukrut came all the way from Thailand to attend the unique Master in Music Management at UiA, where she is staying for one semester.

Tell us about you and from which University you are from.

– I come from the university Mahidol in Thailand where I have taken a master’s degree.

Wongrukrut says her dream is to start a music camp for children. -This course is exactly what I need. I have always loved to sing and would like to help young children who also have this dream. During the grade 4-7 they are especially eager to learn, she says.

Why did you choose Norway?

My university in Thailand co-operates with UiA, and I thought the master’s in music management seemed interesting and exactly what we needed. Norway also seemed like a beautiful country with nice people.

How was your arrival? What was your first impression of the University?

– I really like the teachers, they are awesome. So full of knowledge and since the classes are small I feel comfortable asking questions. Also, my fellow students are really nice, and we have a great learning environment, says Wongrukrut.

– Traveling to a country across the world opens up for new differences. The safe environment you are used to is suddenly not there, and you have to get used to a new way of living, she says.

What do you think about the quality of the University and its courses?

– The things we learn at the university opens up for so many opportunities later and I get so much inspiration from my studies, teachers and fellow students, Wongrukrut says. I now have a completely new network in a different country, and maybe we can even work together and be partners in the future. I think international experience and connections are very important in the music industry, she says.

In addition to what we learn at university, I have learned so much about life after being an exchange student. –There are no words to describe it, you have to come and experience yourself. I have to get used to not having my family and friends around me, and I have to make new friends. I also have to get used to new ways of living, a new language, behavior and food. It’s been so meaningful and I would recommend it to any of my fellow students back in Thailand. It is a great experience that I will remember for the rest of my life, says Wongrukrut.

What do you like most in Kristiansand and why?

We like that it’s peaceful and quiet. In Thailand it’s noisier and there are always so many people around you. Here you can be by yourself if you want to and take quiet hikes in the beautiful nature. We also like that the shops are closed on Sundays, so people can enjoy time with their family.

Wongrukrut think it’s important to be open-minded about the differences. She is  also interested in the Norwegian language and culture, and would like to continue practicing the language when she goes back.

– I will always remember the time here in Norway, which has inspired me in so many ways, she says.

Have you planned any trips during your stay?

So far I have only taken small trips in the area, like Arendal and Denmark. I also like exploring different areas of Kristiansand, like Odderøya and Ravnedalen.