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Daphne Hingert

Daphne Hingert

My name is Sasikarn Daphne Blendel Hingert, also known as Daphne Hingert. I’m 23 years old. I was born in Thailand but I spent most of my teenage life in Myanmar (Burma). I’m from a multinational family, where my mom is Thai and my dad is half British, half Burmese but I’m Thai by citizenship.

​One of the many advantages of growing up in a multinational family is that you learn to speak many languages, and never understand what “culture shock” really is. I can speak English, Thai, Burmese, Laotian, basic Hindi, Urdu, German, and in the process of grasping some svenska (Swedish) and Hebrew. I love learning languages as I’m always enthusiastic about knowing and experiencing new cultures and getting new perspectives on what life offers.

I was also the National Champion of the European Union-Thailand National Intervarsity Debate Championship in 2011 and an active member of the University Debate Society.  I enjoy travelling around the world and engaging in productive discussions in order to create awareness and to bring about positive changes in society. Besides, I also enjoy singing and playing the ukulele in my free time, and occasionally some salsa. I also fancy playing badminton, swimming, and definitely working out at the gym.

Chalmers, my serendipity

Apart from the extra-curricular activities, my real passion is science. After graduating from Mahidol University International College with First Class Honours in Biomedical Sciences, I was quite sure that I would pursue my further studies and career in the field of science. So I started looking for universities all around the world. To be honest I had never heard of Chalmers until one of my seniors, who is a Chalmers alumnus, enlightened me about this university and its education quality. After doing some research I applied to Chalmers University of Technology as it has a well celebrated history and a reputation in scientific excellence that trace back to more than a century ago. It also offers a great scientific environment and excellent innovative research opportunities for its graduates.
In addition to my acceptance to Chalmers, I was also awarded a full Sievert Larrson scholarship for my two years of Master’s programme. Just after being at Chalmers for a few weeks, I was deeply convinced that Chalmers is the ultimate the platform of scientific learning and innovative research environment for young scientists. It offers great study programmes and the professors are talented, creating a conductive learning environment for all students. I believe nothing can substitute this experience because at Chalmers I learn what I love and I love what I learn. That’s why Chalmers is my serendipity.

Sweden is my new home, away from home

Having been here for almost a year, I feel like time flies so swiftly. It feels like yesterday when I was staggering through the windy autumn, then the cold winter and then I realise I’m welcoming the spring. The city of Gothenburg is a lovely city featuring many interesting museums and cultural centres. The people are very friendly and accommodating. Moreover, almost every individual here could speak English so there’s no time to feel left out when you are in the crowd, finding your way home, or even in group training at the gym. I also adopt the lovely culture of having “fika”, sipping coffee every now and then. It has been a great experience for me so far and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that has been granted. It almost feels like Sweden is my new home, away from home.

My Bio:

  • MSc in Biotechnology, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (2014 - present)
  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences, Mahidol University International College, Salaya Campus, Thailand (2010-2013)
  • My email: daphne@student.chalmers.se

 

Text: Daphne Hingert
Edited by: Oana Georgescu
Photo: Private

Related links

Master's programme in Biotechnology
Department of Biology and Biological Engineering
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Scholarships at Chalmers
Application information specific for Thai students

Page manager Published: Mon 04 Jul 2016.