ASIDE FROM YOUR REGULAR CLASSES, DID YOU JOIN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
Yes. I joined several activities of student clubs and even went on field trips, the most memorable of which was a visit to Mahasawat Canal near the campus where I got to work with other students.
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE YOU HAD AS AN MUIC STUDENT?
The most memorable was being an exchange student at the University of Sussex in the UK during the 1st Semester of Academic Year 2018-2019. I was able to visit the British Museum, the Science Museum, the Harry Potter studio, Oxford University, Stonehenge, Bath and other famous landmarks. My father and I even attended a real football match at Arsenal stadium. Most important, I experienced the modern conveniences that the UK can offer to persons with disabilities like me. There were Braille blocks or tactile marks on streets, and elevators have buttons with Braille labels or buttons with embossed floor numbers (in most cases the elevators would have both, with Braille labels right next to the buttons themselves). They also have audio indicators. University of Sussex has volunteers who took notes for me during lectures as well.
WHAT ARE YOUR IMMEDIATE GOALS AFTER GRADUATING FROM MUIC?
I’m now enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws in International Business Law program at Thammasat University, with plans to go on the university’s 3+1 program. With my business degree from MUIC, I’m also considering several business ideas. Being knowledgeable in both law and business would be beneficial for my future business. But my long-term goal is to establish and manage a non-government organization that would promote research and development into new technologies that would help persons with disabilities.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO FELLOW STUDENTS WHO ALSO HAVE TO OVERCOME PHYSICAL BARRIERS?
Determine what you want to do in your life. Try your best. Never give up. Enjoy college life as much as you can. Try going on an exchange program for at least one trimester.