When asked to be the first Bridge Blog student interview of the year, Mint was taken aback. Her first question was, why me?! But in reality, Mint is the perfect student to kick off our student interview series. Mint is incredibly humble, yet fearless. Her journey to the Bridge program reveals the courage it takes to accomplish big goals!
I had the privilege to interview Mint on an unusually snowy afternoon at a local Capitol Hill coffee shop. After ordering a hot chocolate, Mint explained to me how a girl working within Thailand’s fashion industry ended up at business school in Seattle.
Now was my chance, I had to ask how one goes from the name Patamon to Mint. Mint explained, “Everyone in Thailand has a nickname” and “Mint” is actually quite common.
Why the Bridge Program?
After graduating from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University with a Communications degree, Mint began her early career in marketing in Thailand’s high-end fashion industry.
Although she enjoys fashion and appreciates the industry, Mint’s ultimate goal is to run her family’s medical business in Thailand. Aspirations are one thing, actions are another. Mint believes to effectively run her family’s business she must be able to speak meaningfully about any facet of the business.
Thus Mint’s hunt for the perfect business program began. After searching business programs in the U.S., Mint came across the Bridge program and thought it was a perfect fit! She loved the small class sizes, fun Capitol Hill neighborhood, and the ample resources available to her.
Transitioning from Thailand to Seattle
Since we happened to be conducting the interview on a snowy Seattle day, I wondered how difficult it had been transitioning from Thailand to the U.S. Mint said, “It was a bit difficult to adjust as I came from a country that is very hot all year round, but I do enjoy the cold. I don't enjoy so much of the rain.”
Another adjustment for Mint so far has been transitioning into the American classroom environment. Mint explained, “Thailand has a traditional style of education. Students are often encouraged to think within the boundary of classrooms and textbooks.” Whereas, Mint believes the U.S. provides more “hands on” opportunities to learn the subjects being taught. Now that Mint has adjusted to the different learning styles, she hopes to speak up more in class (we all look forward to this)!
So it should be no surprise why Mint is our first student interview. She has taught us that to achieve big goals sometimes we need to adapt to new challenges. Mint seems to be the master of this!