This month, I interviewed Vallie (Virynn Nilrangsi) from CO’16. Vallie is currently studying at Boston University. Here’s what she had to say!
What are you studying? Why did you choose to study in this field?
I am currently a freshman studying “Business Management” at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. I chose to study in the field of Business, because many aspects of business can actually be applied to my personal life. For example, by taking a course in Finance and Accounting, I’ll have a good idea how to manage my own personal funds. Businesses are also everywhere we go, and understanding how they work and impact our lives would be very useful.
What advice do you have for students in MYP and DP?
Try your very best, because these last few years will really have a big impact on your future, but don’t forget to have fun as well! High school is one of the best times you’ll have so enjoy it well. Time management is also something you should look out for, as you’ll need a lot of it in college.
What do you love most about your university?
I love the community and the diversity you can find here in the university. There are people from so many different places. As I take business classes, discussion is key, therefore I gain insight and perspectives from people all around the world. Boston is also a really great city to be in (excluding the winter storms, though).
What do you miss most about KIS and Bangkok?
The 3 Fs is what comes to mind first, family, friends and food. As a freshman, everything starts anew when you first come to university. You’re surrounded by new faces and a whole new environment, so it’s definitely normal to miss the old faces you see in your hometown.
Why did you choose to study at Boston University?
Boston University, and Boston’s Questrom School of Business are very resourceful and you have a lot of choices on what you want to take or what you want to major in. Being able to explore these options was one of the reasons why I chose Boston University. There are also tutor programs, writing assistance programs and so many clubs you can choose to participate in.
What are your future plans?
I am not entirely sure just yet, but I will definitely be aiming to take my master’s degree in the US.
What advice do you have for aspiring businessmen and businesswoman?
Talk, talk and talk! Business is all about discussing, presenting and networking. Don’t be afraid to speak up in class or discuss, as everybody is sure to have something great to contribute.
How have you contributed to the university? What clubs, frats etc. have you joined?
I just received news that I’ve been accepted into “Phi Chi Theta”, a professional business fraternity. I’ll be going through the pledging process soon and I look forward to what’s to come afterwards as I get more involved with it.
Do you continue to exemplify the IB Learner Profile even though you are studying in university? How?
Yes, definitely. It is important for everyone to exemplify the IB Learner Profile, as they all apply to different parts of our lives. You need to be a communicator and inquirer in class to get the best out of your learning, or a well-balanced person to balance out your priorities and make the most of all the resources and activities that college has in store for you.
How has the IB program prepared you for university?
The IB program has prepared me in many aspects for university. In many classes, the content is actually similar to what I’ve learned in the IB, therefore I can apply my knowledge there. Economics and Business Management for example, is very similar to the prerequisite courses I am taking right now, so getting through them is a little easier.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Vallie at email@example.com