After spending a couple of years here, I’ve been lucky enough to form some friendships with my fellow Thai teachers over time. One of my Anuban 3 former co-teachers, Teacher Pond, has a friend who is currently a lecturer at Surat Rajabhat University. We’ve remained friends since our first meeting about a year and a half ago.
This past Saturday, I was invited to speak to her class. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. In my mind, all I could think about was an American university, but I knew that would be quite off. I was surprised by the small number of students, but that’s another difference between west and east. The class size itself was about 20 students. Things started off a bit slow, as I think they were a bit unsure of what to ask or say in front of a foreigner. 🙂
I was surprised that in a university class, the leader says, “Stand up, please!” but it was a nice way to break the ice. I used some of my recycled P5 humor on them and thankfully it worked!
In the class, we worked on the students’ resumes. I tried to sell them on the point of if they’re looking for a job, put something down that will make them stand apart from the crowd. I cited a few examples and I think it worked to some degree. The students were all very pleasant and of course wanted my Facebook. After writing it on the board, my phone went off non stop for a few minutes with requests.
It’s been fun seeing what university students are like these days, especially across a different culture. It seems like just the other day I was finishing school, but that was over 10 years ago. Amazing how fast things fly!
I was invited back again to talk to the class and I will go if asked. It was a fun and interesting way to spend a Saturday morning and I was happy to help out as much as I could.