Supapan Suayngam from Thailand is studying English at Howard Community College’s English Institute in Columbia, Maryland. She is also pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration within the hospitality and tourism management international program.
Why did you decide to study in the USA?
I wanted to improve my English skills and have a new experience.
Why did you choose Howard Community College?
I heard from my friends that Howard Community College (HCC) was a good college in Howard County, Maryland and that it had an English program for people who want to improve their English skills, which was what I was looking for.
What do you like best?
I like that the college has many classes that I am interested in. I can study subjects which I need to improve in and learn something new.
What do you miss most?
How has this program helped you to handle future study at a U.S. university?
I have been studying here for three years, but during the first and second year, I was a part-time student. I started as a full-time student in the summer of 2015, which made my English improve a lot because I studied and used English every day.
What was your biggest surprise?
The biggest surprise about the U.S. for me is the weather because Thailand is a hot country. It is hard for me to stay in the winter season.
How have you handled:
... language differences?
For me, when I don't understand what people are talking about, I will ask them to repeat it to me. If I say something that makes people confused about what I said, I will ask them to make sure that they understand me.
It is expensive to study in here, but it is well worth it.
What are your activities?
Traveling is my favorite thing to do.
How easy or difficult was making friends?
It is very easy for me because I think smiling is the first impression, so I smile and they become my friends.
How relevant is your U.S. education to your personal goals and to the needs of your country?
I want to be an accountant at an international company in my country.
What is your advice to other students who are considering a U.S. education?
Make yourself feel comfortable, it is not really hard. You will have a lot of new experiences in an English program. You will meet friends from all around the world, even from some countries that you don't know of. If you have opportunity to study here, you will have a wonderful time.