Hello my name is Chanathip or you can call me Charlie. I come from a province called Ratchaburi that is located in the western part of Thailand. I have been lived in Australia for two years and I am currently studying in Year 12 at Henley High School. After a couple year of living in a foreign country and gaining lot of experience, I can confidently say that my time in this country has changed my life into a different aspect from my home country.
During my time in Australia, I have met a lot of people from various countries. English is our major language that has been used to exchange our opinion and experience from one to another. From this reason, it creates understanding of different cultures, language and thoughts. Later it became relationship which is one of the important factors that really help improve my English skill and enjoy my time on the weekend with friends from different nationalities.
Australia is a country that provides opportunities for many people to visit and study. Being in Australia educational system allows me to study in subjects which relevant to my future career. Although studying in year 12 is challenging, I am still able to manage time to do other activities apart from my study such as going to the gym, playing music or catching up with friends which really help reduce the pressure from study and improve my physical and mental health along with my learning process.
My teachers who are passionate in my study allow myself to discuss about my assignment and offer assistance if I had any issue or problem with my learning process. This has encouraged me to lift up my confidence for having conversation with teachers and other school manager.
My homestay family is very helpful and welcome me with care and respect. Staying in a family with different language and culture leads me a new aspect of living which I had never experienced. My homestay family taught about rule and manners which every teenager supposed to have. For instance, manners at dinner table, responsibility for housework and punctuality. At the beginning it was quite challenging to take charge of these rules and duties. However, in the family these responsibilities are very important and they are basic things that every teenager should follow as becoming young adult.
My favorite experience in Australia is participating an extra curriculum activity named “Land Rover 4×4 engineering in Schools” This competition allows students to work together as a team to build a radio controlled four-wheel drive car. My role in the team is making graphic designs to represent the team’s appearance. Our team participated in South Australia state competition and we made it to the Australian national final level and have become the winner of the program. This one of my greatest achievement in my life. For me learning from mistake and experience of being as a part of the team are most important things in this competition.
Overall, my time in Adelaide has been a great time as I benefit and learn many things from my experience. I have made friends from different countries which encourage me to improve my English in the joyful way. By participating in the extra curriculum in the Australian national competition, it is a major responsibility as my team represents Henley high school and South Australia. After the success from this competition, the happiness had been passed through my friends and family and become one of the happiest moment in my life. Living with homestay family who support my study and future is very pleasant and makes me enjoy my time in this country. For two years in this country, it allows me to see new aspect of life which I would never encounter in my home country and it creates precious experience that I will never forget and always stay in my memories.