My name is Natrada Mahajak, from Thailand. I am studying MSc Marketing Consumption and Society at the University of Limerick. After I have been here for a while, I fell in love with this country for many reasons, and one of my reasons was because Irish people are so friendly and kind.
Why I chose Ireland and UL
Before I made my decision to study in Ireland and UL, I had been in Ireland last year doing an English course for 3 months in Dublin City University. After that experience and after traveling to many parts of Ireland like Galway, Cliffs of Moher in Clare and the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland I told myself that I would come back here again to study my Masters degree.
The reason that made me want to come back was because of the beautiful scenery around Ireland and friendliness of the people. The first feeling I felt when I was walking into University of Limerick was the environment in the University helped calm me from the nervousness I was feeling about the upcoming year living and studying in a different country. The Shannon River flows across the college and under a wonderful bridge in the university which creates a beautiful scenery in UL. The nature in UL and friendliness of fellow students and staff who are always willing to help, can make me feel relaxed and refreshed when I felt stressed about my course.
My top tips
My tips for Thai students who are coming to study in University of Limerick:
- Prepare warm clothes that you maybe have never wore in Thailand before and the most important thing is to pack rain clothes or an umbrella, I would recommend that you should bring both (almost all Irish people always wear dark colour clothes, If you do not want to feel so different here).
- Organise accommodation for the year early before arriving in Ireland as accommodation near the university is booked up months in advance of the start of the college year.
- Prepare some chili powder if you love to eat spicy food.
- Feel free to ask if you have any questions and enjoy Ireland!
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