Catlyn Christie is a Program Assistant for the MSID Thailand program. She is a senior majoring Public/Nonprofit Management and Human Resources & Industrial Relations and minoring in Sustainability Studies. She studied abroad on the MSID Thailand in Spring 2017 and was in the Susutainability & the Environment track. While abroad, she interned at a rural agriculture village where she learned about organic farming. She loved always being surrounded by such beautiful, lush landscapes and finding vibrant flowers and fruit trees at every turn. Her advice to future students: "Take full advantage of opportunities that help you build relationships with local Thai students. You'll make new friends and learn about the culture from a unique perspective while doing so."
Lauren Kraft is a Program Assistant for the MSID Thailand program. She is majoring in Family Social Science with minors in Sociology and Sustainability Studies. She studied abroad on the MSID Thailand in Spring 2017 and was in the Social Services track. While abroad, she interned at a children's shelter in rural Northern Thailand learning about human trafficking and what is being done to combat it through the shelter. Lauren loved the relaxed pace of life, how deeply important relationship building is to Thai people, and how every day was an adventure. Her advice to future students is: "Grasp every opportunity that comes your way, no matter your preconceived notion or how far you may be pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. Some of my best memories involve saying 'yes' and pushing myself to trying all sorts of new things."
Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.
Noah B—Architecture major, Spring 2017, Sustainability & the Environment track