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Nattapon Thathong

Hallå! My name is Nattapon and I am a 23-year-old upbeat guy studying a Master’s programme in Software Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. I come from Bangkok, Thailand where I was born and raised. Apart from being a Master’s student I work for Ericsson during the summer break developing a web application for use in the organisation.

Becoming a Chalmerist is my intention

I have my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from my home country. One day while I was studying in a Java programming course, I had a thought popping up in my mind that I wanted to study abroad somewhere and that place has to be in Europe. I started looking for a university since then. Days later a friend of mine came to me and told me that she wanted to study a Master’s degree in Sweden. That was the starting point of searching for a pearl. It was the beginning of my journey.

After months of looking for a place to study in Sweden, I decided to apply to the Master’s programme in Software Engineering at Chalmers because of its international reputation for technology and innovation. Besides, I applied for the Sievert Larsson scholarship that is provided to Thai students who want to come to study at Chalmers. I was admitted to the university and was awarded the scholarship in the end.

Living in a fridge

You may or may not know that Thailand has a warm and tropical climate as we Thai people have a punchline describing the seasons in the country: hot, hotter, and hottest seasons. This is true in the sense that the temperature has not reached below 18 degrees Celsius for a decade in the capital, even in winter, while the temperature in Gothenburg may go 10 degrees Celsius below zero. The weather when I first got here was about 16 to 20 degrees Celsius. It was not much colder than in Bangkok but I felt like I was in a fridge. Nice!

Like a Swede!

Swedes have their own way of taking breaks from study and work. Every time we take 15 minutes break from a lecture, my classmates and I rush to a coffee place to have a "fika" which is similar to the English concept of afternoon tea. I would call it a little party rather than what it is being called since we enjoy it more than the lectures. Oops!

Studying at Chalmers gives me more than expected; knowledge, experiences and good friends – I have all of this here. I would say that if you have an opportunity to study here, please do not hesitate to come. You will experience something far better than what you could ever imagine.

My Bio:

  • MSc Software Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (September 2014 – present)
  • BSc Computer Science, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand (June 2009 – March 2013)
  • My email address: nattapon@student.chalmers.se

 

Text: Nattapon Thathong
Edited by: Abhilash Ram
Photo: Private

Related links

Master's programme in Software Engineering
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Scholarships at Chalmers
Application information specific for Thai students

Page manager Published: Thu 30 Jul 2015.