SIU Alumni’s Enrollment Accepted by University of Oxford

Congratulations to  Ms. Natchaya Kijmongkolchai, or Pin Pin as she is better known to her friends. Pin Pin, who graduated from SIU in 2014, will soon be swapping the “land of smiles” for Oxford, the “city of dreaming spires”, where she will read for a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. The University of Oxford is the oldest in the English-speaking world and consistently ranks in the top five global academic instituitions. It is therefore a great honor for Pin Pin and SoIT and Shinawatra University generaĺly are justly proud to count her among our alumni. We wish her all the best for her studies in the UK.

Words from Ms. Natchaya (PinPin) Kijmongkolchai:  “Last year, I received the highest graduation honor to be chosen as class valedictorian. One of the things I said was, ‘In the book of life, today is the ending of a chapter, but tomorrow is the beginning of the next chapter.’ I used to wonder what my next chapter after SIU would look like, and today I know what the answer is. I am going to pursue a MSc in Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

Dating back to a previous chapter of my life, it was toward the end of high school. I knew that I wanted to pursue my study in the field of computer science in an international program. Unfortunately, most of the schools offering international program were quite expensive. One day, my mother heard about Thaicom Foundation Scholarship and told me about this opportunity. After sending my application, taking a test, and being interviewed, I was awarded a scholarship by Thaicom Foundation to study in BSc. Computer Science at Shinawatra University.

During my undergraduate years at SIU, I was exposed to a distinguished curriculum and excellent facilities. In addition, I was surrounded with professors with extensive teaching and professional experience. I excelled in my studies and gained a solid academic foundation in computer science. Beyond my studies, I was provided with the opportunity to participate in many extra curricular activities. I was encouraged by one of the faculty members to start my first research paper during my junior year. Altogether, the knowledge I gained from classes and those activities were an excellent preparation for a Master Degree application.

After graduation, I thought about what I wanted to do. I challenged myself to go beyond my comfort zone and do something to my fullest potential. I knew that a Bachelor Degree was not enough for me. Although making an application to the University of Oxford seemed to be a crazy idea, I did it anyway. The journey was quite rough. I faced a lot of problems along the way, but I had a very strong determination of getting in. Finally, all those hard work paid off. My application has been successful!”

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