Natchananth Wiranyaphaet

Thailand, MSc Marketing

Every day I meet new people from all over the globe which is a great experience and I'm quite impressed!

Natchananth Wiranyaphaet - Thailand, MSc Marketing

Why did you decide to study at Oxford Brookes?

My friend studied at Oxford Brookes University and she recommended me to come to study here. After this, I did some research about the course that I wanted to study, which is MSc Marketing, and I could see through the internet that Oxford Brookes offered me a very good programme and the modules were very attractive. Also, the location, as the University is in the city so it is very convenient for me in case I wanted to travel or do some shopping.

How do you find the teaching style from your teachers?

At the moment everything is online due to the pandemic; however, my lecturers are making the process of adaptation go quite smoothly. So for example, if I have a question or a problem with anything, I just can email them and they will get back to me as soon as they pick it up, which is quite advantageous! Sometimes, if I still do not understand, we can have a one-to-one Zoom call so they can explain to me personally. This is a great experience and helps me stay focused on the main topic of the module. So I think that this online style might make me more focused on the course and also I have more time for myself since everything is through my laptop and I do not need to get ready to go to lectures, just need to turn on my laptop and voila! I am in class! So it saves time actually!

What do you think about Oxford city?

I think it's very nice, it's a very nice city! There is so much nature, you have a lot of parks around that you can just go for a walk around, there is a massive shopping center [Westgate Shopping Center] which I haven’t had any chance to visit yet because it's closed due to the COVID restrictions.

Are you living in the University accommodation?

As I wanted to make friends with some native students or international students, I thought that it would be best for me if I choose the University accommodation, and I chose the Clive Booth Student Village' because it's not too far from the main campus...and I am just 10 minutes away by walk from the accommodation to the university. It is an excellent choice, as the surroundings are quite nice and it has a lot of parks and it's not too far from the city centre.

How have you found making friends?

As I decided to choose the University accommodation, in my flat, there are five rooms in total, and two of them are occupied so I have two friends from India! We can have a chat together in the hall and it has made me feel more at home. Like they can help me a lot as we can share our experience together. In the opposite block, I managed to meet an Italian friend so that we normally meet to have a chat and we go every now and then to have some afternoon tea together. This is a great opportunity, as they also know other people, so sometimes we gather and they introduce me to their friends so my circle gets bigger and bigger. Every day I meet new people from all over the globe which is a great experience and I'm quite impressed!

Could you give us one word that describes your experience in Oxford Brookes so far?

So if I need to choose one word, I will say impressive!