Not too long ago, I was back in my motherland (Thailand) promoting Chalmers University of Technology for Thai students. During this trip, I visited many prestigious universities in the country and attended different fairs especially the International Education Expo (OCSC 2015) at the world's most instagramed place, Siam Paragon shopping mall. At the fair, I met Mr. and Mrs. Krisadawat inquiring about Chalmers master's program in Architecture and Urban Design for their son who was then not in the country.
A few weeks later I received an email from Tatpong Krisadawat (Van) telling me that I had met his parents and that he would be in Gothenburg in a few weeks time to visit Chalmers and take a quick scan of Gothenburg. I was actually delighted to receive him however, I was a bit anxious on how to facilitate his visits and even answer his questions regarding the degree program as I study a whole different program. Fortunately, I was anxious not for long (less than 5 minutes), when I walked into my kitchen and ran into Xinmin Zhuang, current Chalmers student studying the program, also one of the scholars for Adlerbert 60th Anniversary Scholarships, and most importantly, my flat mate. Indeed, the odds were in my favor and the force with me when she agreed to meet Tatpong for lunch.
To boost the Chalmers chemistry, we went for lunch at the Cafeteria at the Student Union building and introduced the Swedish queuing tradition to Tatpong and his family for the first time. While I enjoy the food with relish and answer a few general questions about Chalmers, and scholarships to the parents, Tatpong and Xinmin were having an intense discussion regarding the program, courses, and course projects. There were some discussions about portfolios and other technicalities that might have confused me a bit (Biotech people did not need that) but I am certain that Tatpong got all his questions answered and curiosity quenched, thanks to Xinmin. We also had a good laugh after discussing that it could really get colder in winter
Tatpong has applied to Chalmers for his Master's degree and we look forward to seeing him in the fall, all fingers crossed. I would also like to thank Ms.Xinmin Zhuang for her help and for being a great flat mate.