PHD Asia Pacific Studies, Taiwanese University, Applicant from Thailand

It is my sincere hope to be accepted to the PHD Program in Asia Pacific Studies at the XXXX University in Taiwan. I feel strongly that I am the best fit for your thoroughly interdisciplinary program covering all four of the Asian Studies tracks that are central to the research that I hope to undertake in the future. I am a most diligent student from Thailand who is extremely devoted to the cause of Asian unity and prosperity and I am confident that my great passion will inspire me to excellence as a graduate student in your program.

As someone from a country that is still very much developing economically, I seek to learn from the lessons and examples set by our relatively more-successful neighbors in South East Asia, those whose economies have grown much larger than our own. I realize the very competitive nature of your program but nevertheless hope to be selected on the basis of the fact that I have noble ideals for progress and a great passion for Asian affairs and issues, including questions of justice and human rights in South East Asia – in addition to economic development. I also graduated at the top of my class for my MA in English, with a GPA of 3.96, earning me the “Great Student” award.

I currently live in Bangkok, working as an Assistant Overseas Sales Manager. My duties include the management of a duty-free shop in Myanmar, just on the other side of the border. I do not work in Myanmar, however, since I am able to work from my home in Thailand, but my position has greatly increased my interest in the country, especially as a result of the issue of human rights abuses, which I see as a stain on the whole of South East Asia. I do travel abroad with my boss, however, going to Guangzhou, China for 10 days for the Canton Fair in 2017. We also went to Taipei, Taiwan for 10 days last year where I fell in love with almost everything that I saw around me and would absolutely treasure the privilege of studying and learning in this thrilling environment for an extended period of time.

I have seen much of the world working in international sales and this will provide me with unique experiences to share with my colleagues in Asian Studies. I have been to South Africa, for example, on a tour of our wine suppliers for 15 days, spent 20 days in Europe visiting beer companies and other suppliers, and 5 days in Barcelona, Spain visiting a sangria company. I spent another 10 days in Italy sourcing fashion and luxury products for my boss and, closer to home, I have also been to Hong Kong, visiting our suppliers for perfumes and cosmetics.

I have had a chance to get to know a variety of developed countries and cultures and the one that excites me most is Taiwan. My hopes are high and this is why I have been making great strides at improving my Mandarin because I see Taiwan as the flagship nation for our greatest economic and cultural powerhouse, the Chinese people. In 2017 I went to 12 countries in Europe and Asia in only one year. I really enjoyed seeing everything abroad for myself, constantly learning new things and adapting to new cultures and ways of life. I enjoy Taipei’s Metro, its cuisine and most of all the people, who I found to be among the very most friendly, hospitable, and engaging people in the world. I want to explore Taiwan in depth, study its multiculturalism and multilingualism. Most of all, I want to closely study the history of Taiwan’s economic growth, how it became the 7th largest economy in all of Asia over the course of such a short period of time. Thailand can learn many important things from the example of Taiwan.

I first started teaching English in my second year of the university, as a part time job to pay the tuition fee for the university because I did not want to ask for money from my father. My parents have been divorced since I was nine and all responsibilities in raising me fell on my father. Every weekend I would teach English from 9 am to 9 pm Saturday and Sunday, for three years in a row until I graduated. I was usually invited to teach in public schools where there are anywhere from 200 - 500 students in a class – a very great challenge. Most public schools hire English tutors who work as freelancers preparing students for university admission examinations; I was also chosen to be one of those tutors.

After finishing my undergraduate studies, I went to Bangkok to work as an English tour guide for one year, then moved back to Phitsanulok to teach English and save money for my Master’s studies. I continued teaching for several years until, in 2014, I followed a new path in Bangkok, accepting a position as a news anchor – greatly opening my eyes to the world around me. I continued to teach on weekends in Bangkok until 2015 when I applied for and was awarded a full scholarship from the Graduate School of Language and Communication (GSLC) to earn my MA in English for Professional Development, providing me with opportunities to travel outside my country for the first time in my life.

There is a critical shortage of qualified teachers and professors in Thailand – especially those with international educations. My country needs hardworking people like me who are eager to learn from our global partners so that we have tools and opportunities to advance ourselves; as has Taiwan, free, prosperous, and developing rapidly in every way as a leader in the community of nations.

I thank you for your consideration.

#asiapacificstudies #taiwan #phdprograms #personalstatement #writingandediting