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Anyarat Nattheeraphong - Thai alumni ambassador

pic.jpgCourse: PhD in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (2009-13)
City of Residence: Maha Sarakham
Employer: Mahasarakham University
Interests: Travelling, gardening, music and movies, poem writing, cooking, exercising, home decorating, family and friends and trekking
Contact details: Department of Western Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mahasarakham University, Maha Sarakham 44150 Thailand

When were you at Warwick?
I started doing my PhD in 2009 and graduated from the University in 2013.

What did you study?
I did a PhD in ELT and Applied Linguistics.

Do you have any fond memories?
I have a lot of fond memories. I did enjoy my Warwick experience because I had a lot of good friends, both Thai and International. I worked as an SSLC and helped with PG conferences. I also worked as a volunteer for Oxfam and taught Thai to English native speakers.

I have learnt a lot from my experiences in England and always regard the country as “home away from home”. I am still in touch with my supervisors, my tutors (Dr. Keith Richards and Dr. Steve Mann), my colleagues and my friends.

Where did you live while you were at Warwick?
I lived at three different places while I was at Warwick—a shared house in Canley, a one-bedroom apartment in Kenilworth and a shared apartment in Lynchgate Court.

Were you a member of any societies?
Yes. I was a member of Thai and Buddhist Societies.

What are you doing now?
I’m a university lecturer. I work in the Department of Western Languages and Linguistics, Mahasarakham University. I also work as Assistant to the President for International Affairs.

Why did you decide to become an alumni ambassador?
Because I’m proud of my Warwick identity. I hope I can do things for the University in return for all the best years in my life.

What kind of people make up the Warwick alumni community in your area?
There are university lecturers, government officials, business owners and company employees.

What kind of events do you run? Do you get a good turnout?
I run different kinds of events such as English camps, music & poetry night and academic events.

Have you been back to Warwick recently?
No. Since I left the University last year, I haven’t got a chance to visit Warwick nor return to England yet.

Anything else you care to add?
I’ll try my best to create interesting events for Warwick alumni in Thailand. I’ll work with my friends who are Warwick alumni to plan and organize the alumni events in Thailand.