Student Voices(Ms. Ruksamee Seree wattanawoot) *Pre-arrival

Ms. Ruksamee

Pre-arrival Admission
Graduated from Triam Udom Suksa School
Passed the entrance examination for privately financed international students based on Keio University’s pre-arrival admission system using EJU and enrolled in April 2014.
Using JASSO’s Reservation Program for Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship for Privately Financed International Students who achieve a superior score on EJU (based on EJU allotments for students with high scores, 2013 1stsession) and acquired qualification for a scholarship amounting to 48,000 yen for four years (ordinary course term).

1. Selection of university, entrance examination and admission
(1)Why did you decide to study in Japan?
I first thought about studying the Japanese language because I have been exposed to Japanese games since childhood and later I became interested in Japan as one of developed countries.
With respect to the preparation for university, I tried to find out the educational circumstances of different universities including those overseas and I found several candidates in five countries such as England, the US, Australia, Japan and Thailand (my home country). Among them, I found that the quality of education in England has declined and also I excluded Australia and Thailand. My family agreed for me to study in the US or Japan. Wondering which one I should choose, I though the US would be a good option, but, Japan is not to be outdone in quality. I felt that coming from an Asian country, Japan would be more suitable for me than the US. That is why I decided to apply to study in Japan.
(2) What attracted you to study in Japan?
I thought Keio University would provide the necessary environment for me to study. The university has broad ideas, as expressed in the leitmotiv of the founder. I checked other international universities in Japan such as Waseda University, Sophia University and Ritsumei University, but found that I could really relate to the philosophy of Keio University and decided it was the one for me.
(3) How did you get information with respect to the university you entered?
I found a lot of information on websites.
I visited Japan Education fairs held by JASSO in Bangkok and spoke with the staff in charge of Keio and other universities to obtain more information.

2. Aspects Relating to EJU
(1) How did you study the Japanese language? What aspects of learning the language did you find difficult?
I found writing the most challenging, followed by listening comprehension and I really enjoyed the reading comprehension. I studied past exam questions borrowed from OJSAT (Old Japan Students' Association, Thailand) over and over again.
(2) How did you study “Japan and the World”? What subjects did you find difficult? Are there any subjects that you do not learn in Thailand?
Social science is my favorite subject. I studied past exam questions. The geography of Japan is not taught in high schools in Thailand. While we study economic issues, the questions are very difficult. I acquired and studied past exam questions of Japan’s University Testing Center.
(3) How did you study Mathematics (Course 1)? What areas did you find difficult? Are there any areas that you do not learn in Thailand?
We learn only basic mathematics in social science courses in high school in Thailand. Therefore, I studied past exam questions, etc. mostly by myself. Although I took an exam recommended by the Japanese embassy arranged by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), I failed the written exam. I felt the mathematics in the examination set by MEXT was more difficult than the one set by EJU