Serving Society — we learned to give rather than to take!
Aug 11 2017

My name is Mr. Nattawut “Boom” Wetprasit, THM Alumni from Class of 518. I recently finished my master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Psychology at BI Norwegian Business School in Norway. This opportunity was fully sponsored by the Norwegian government. I applied for this scholarship in order for me to be able to participate in development efforts for my region and my country. I wanted to gain industrial psychological knowledge.

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This chapter of my life was another turning point to make me even more independent and mature. As a THM student under training at Salaya Pavillion, we learned that if you would like to reach the top in a hotel, you have to experience first being a frontline staff. I had a part-time job as a dishwasher in a restaurant in Oslo. It was tiring and unpleasant but it taught me that no matter how intelligent you are if you do not experience the job yourself, you would not understand how the people who do this job feel. This also taught me how difficult it is to earn money and survive the month. At MUIC, we learned to be analytical and critical but I still had to learn to be even more analytical in class about what we are learning so that I can join the class discussion and apply my knowledge. The learning is important but at the end of the day, what is more important is the impact that we make to society.

I conducted my research on the hospitality sector of Thailand. It is specifically about the management trainee program and local young leaders. The results of my research proved to be useful for the re-structuring of the accelerated leadership program for one of the leading hotel chains in the world. Being an MUIC student unlocked so many great opportunities in my life. Aside from the high quality of the education, I was taught to serve society. It was instilled in my mind that I should apply what I have learned for the benefit of society. We learned to give rather than to take. Up until today, as Director of HR at Crowne Plaza Vientiane, I continue to give meaningful knowledge, opportunity, and development to others.


Your grades don’t ruin your passion, doubts do!
Jul 08 2016

By: Ms. Sasikarn Daphne Blendel Hingert

Have you ever wondered what you will do with your degree in Biomedical Science? Did you give up just because you thought you couldn’t become a medical doctor? Don’t let doubts consume your passion in science. Your degree in biomedical science is more than just for becoming a medical doctor.

I’m almost sure all biomedical students deal with these doubts at least once during their four years at MUIC. My initial goal was to go to medical school until I took the course Human Anatomy I. It was a fun course, very educational and enjoyable. However, during that course I realized medical school is not my place. Moreover, I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth to be able to afford medical school. Although my parents did tell me it was a good investment to put their money in medical school and then gain back the investment later when I start practicing (they did mention the Jewish interest).

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But what is the point of going for a career not because you love it but because you love the pay? After being confused for some time during my sophomore year, I was given the privilege to join the bioethics research group at the center of Bioethics at Columbia University (NYC) through a collaboration with MUIC for a summer internship. During that time, I was introduced to a career in research in the field of stem cells. I admit that summer internship at Columbia University did have an impact on my career path.

After graduating from MUIC in 2013, I started looking for opportunities for my graduate studies. I also realized my financial dependence on my parents for the past 20 years and my goal was to gain some financial independence. I was offered two opportunities, a teaching job at a prestigious high school with a high salary and a research assistantship at MUIC. People around me suggested that I take the job. It came down to the point where I had to choose between passion and money. So, I declined the offer and joined MUIC as a research assistant for a full year. During that time, I mastered laboratory skills and sharpened my scientific knowledge through research projects assigned to me. I then applied to Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden for my master’s in Biotechnology. I was awarded the Sievart Larsson full scholarship for the entire two years of the program. Along with being hardheaded, I also take great pleasure in doing things people say I cannot do.

Chalmers University is one of the top-ranked engineering universities in Europe. Trust me, it’s not that easy to cope with the lectures, assignments, and group work especially when you don’t have an engineering background. I remember dedicating my entire Easter break to ‘MATLAB’ computation. Fortunately, doubting my ability has never been my weak point. I pushed for perfection in my work. Instead of just working hard to get the work done, I work hard to perfect my work. This is why I pursue the career I’m passionate about.

In my free time, I work as a student ambassador for Chalmers. I write blogs, attend education fairs and global education forums like the Nobel Week Dialogue, etc. I was also sponsored by Chalmers to travel and promote the university to prospective students especially in Thailand. The ultimate reason behind taking up this job is because I believe in the ability of MUIC students. Many MUIC alumni were awarded this same prestigious scholarship grants that I had been offered in the past years. So, who’s more apt to continue this tradition?

I have recently graduated from Chalmers and have started working at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden as a researcher in the field of regenerative medicine and biomaterials. My research mainly deals with the study of human mesenchymal stem cells in hydrogels. For now, I’m very grateful that I get to do something I love. And I’m especially proud because everything I’ve achieved is through my diligence and ability. Let’s see where life takes me in the next chapter of my life. Remember, the secret is to believe in yourself. Don’t stand back and let time waste you.

Here’s some of the links regarding my extracurricular activities, if you care to venture.

-Chalmers http://www.chalmers.se/en/education/next-stop/stuamb/Pages/Daphne.aspx

-Swedish Institute
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-Nobel week dialogue, 2015 (link) https://youtu.be/7NyV25Vuhsk


Be the better version of yourself
Dec 14 2015

How many times have people told that you need to become successful or you need to be the best? What social science has taught me is to analyze the society. We are shaped by surroundings that bombarded us with tons of information of who you should be and why. Taking minor in psychology also taught me that when you condition yourself to think like that, soon enough you are trapped by it.

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People love to be the best. But if there is one thing I could share, I would suggest that ‘better’ is the best. In my field of study and work, I always tell people that there are two kinds of mindset: the fixed and the growth. Instead of being told that you are the best and you hold that ego so tight, the growth mindset opens you to a space that you could fail and learn to become a better version of yourself.

I still remembered the first time that I went to PC 3, got GPA of 2.22 on my first term, and that feeling of proud when I could turn that into an Honour Degree on my last term. Comparing with my awesome and genius friends, I’m not a straight A student at all. But what I always tell to younger generations when giving a speech is that grade doesn’t matter that much.

As long as you’ve developed your skills and getting better every day, that will, in the end, lead to a good result. Don’t get upset just because someone labels you with ‘D’.

Also with this mindset, life is much more fun when everything has possibility. You could do anything. The world is full of opportunities and experiences. It’s like the playground. And you will be amazed when you see your CV with tons of activities that you have gone through and those memorable moments also the life lessons that you could share with others.

By working and learning, eventually you’ll find your strength and weakness. You will find yourselves and what is that thing you really love to work on. It doesn’t have to be one job. I do many jobs. I’m working with a company bringing in world class speakers to upgrade Thais personal development and success. I occasionally give a speech for younger generations to guide them on choosing the next path of life. I turn my hobby into a part time job which is a singer. I’m a writer and I’m also working towards my goal on taking a master degree in positive psychology. It’s very enjoyable.

For me, MUIC is not just a university that you could sit there for 4 years and get a degree to get a job. If you see it well enough, this is a place that provides you an opportunity to become better.

Everything will challenge you and change you- the course, teachers, friends, lifestyles, and the way you think.

Just make sure you have the growth mindset.


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Pursue Your Dream No Matter What
Sep 23 2015

“Success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.”

Have you ever faced problems such as your dream failing to match with your parents’ expectations? You need to make a decision whether you will follow your parents’ wishes or pursue your dream. Some people may say, ‘Just do whatever you want. That’s your life!’, but sometimes it causes a conflict with your family because your parents totally disagree with your decision. Would you still be happy to do that? You do not want to be a disobedient child, however, you also want to follow your heart’s desire. For those who have this dilemma, here is a valuable suggestion from one of our alumna, Ms. Monica Singh or “Diana.”

Diana is probably one of a million people who face this problem. She realized that her parents only have the best intentions; nevertheless her parents’ plans do not correspond to her own. Diana loves to sing—and would’ve wanted to be a professional singer, but she had to follow her parents’ wishes and earn a living. She started her career working as a marketing executive for a year. Then she studied for Master’s degree in the United Kingdom. After graduating, she worked as a project manager at WPP.

350_Pursue_your_dream_no_matter_what“I was working so hard at WPP as a project manager from 9 a.m. to midnight. Then somebody called me and asked, ‘Are you interested to join my program?’, so I resigned the next day and joined the program. I believe that everybody has dreams. You dream to be something. You dream to be somebody. I also dream to be somebody. At the same time, my parents also expect to see me being able to live on my own, in case they won’t be beside me anymore. At the time that I joined the contest, I didn’t tell my parents because my dad will disapprove. ‘You would never be successful,’ he would tell me. At the same time, I tried to study hard. I got a 3.00 for my GPA. I told myself that if they did not let me pursue my dream, then I will pursue their dream for me. So I fulfilled my parents’ dream first. I have just completed my Master’s degree when I finally learned that my dream career can help me earn a good income. So in the end, I would not let go. I would let whatever I had studied to support me as somebody.”

Because of her love of brand-name bags, she launched a company called GML Group under the brand “Ge maLong.” She is also the TV host at FG Family Gang program on Channel 3 and does the thing she loves, singing. She finally discovered that her love for singing can also give her a great opportunity since she can promote herself and her brand. For one who was interested in putting up a start-up business, Diana also added, ‘It’s very difficult tending to my business. I used to work as an employee…As the leader, I have to keep telling my workers that it’s good, it’s going well. It’s going to be okay; at the same time, things were not okay. So the best leaders need to be passionate and very inspired.”

Asked what important lessons she had learned from her alma mater, Mahidol University International College (MUIC), Diana said, “The connection or networks you establish while in university are very important.” According to Diana, because of the support of her professor in MUIC, she was able to bring her products to well-known department stores. “You might not realize how important a network is until 2-3 years later.”

Diana quoted a famous proverb, “Success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.” When pursuing your goal in life, you can overcome obstacles because of your passion, your passion to do something that you love. Whatever you learn from MUIC can help fulfill your goal, so be proud of being an MUIC student!”


For Alumni who have interesting stories,
feel free to share them to us!
muicaa.info@gmail.com or
nattika.phu@mahidol.ac.th


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