Thammatat (Juwee) Vorawandthanachai
Applied Linguistics and Spanish
Tell us about your summer!
Because of the nature of my study abroad program, when people at WashU were finishing up the year and leaving for the summer, I was still in the middle of my semester. My semester didn’t officially end until late June, and I got out a little early because of my exam schedule. However, my program didn’t officially end until mid-July, so it meant that I had about 2 weeks left before my program was officially over. My friends and I then decided to go explore more of South America before heading back home. Over the course of 2 weeks we visited Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. We first flew to Quito then went to the equator. There’s a line that is painted on the ground and shows you where the equator is. We had a lot of fun standing on both hemispheres at the same time and taking pictures together, even though there were so many tourists that it was hard to take a picture without other people in it. Afterwards, we bussed over to a town called Baños, which is a cute little town around 4 hours from Quito, to see the swing at the end of the world, which actually hovers over a volcano. Then we flew to Peru, first to Lima for a layover. We had a day in Lima, so my friends and I decided to go to this park called “Parque Kennedy,” which is essentially a cat park. Afterwards, we flew over to Cusco to go see Machu Picchu, which was definitely worth the hours of hiking and the weird bug bites we all got. What made it worth it was definitely all the selfies that I ended up taking at Machu Picchu. We also did a tour of the Inca’s Sacred Valley in Cusco, but after all the hiking, our legs were killing us so we had to rest for 3 days. Later, we bussed over to Bolivia to see Lake Titikaka, which is the highest navigable lake in the world! I was only in Bolivia for a day because I decided that I wanted to fly back to Santiago to spend a couple of days with my host family before coming home to Thailand. I have a month in Thailand before heading out to WashU for the year, so I’ve been relaxing and hanging out with friends from home.
Favorite GlobeMed memory?
My favorite GlobeMed memory was probably when I first joined GlobeMed and we were discussing about our partner, UDHA, about some financial situation or something, and afterwards, we went through and had a “One word whip” about how we all felt, and I ended up saying “confused” because during the discussion, I got a little lost at one point, never asked anything, then I remember that following that moment, I had no idea what was going on. Later that night, I went home and realized that Rachel Hoffman, who was the partner coordinator, had messaged me, asking if I wanted her to help clarify on some of the parts that I was confused about. It was really nice of her to go out of her way and try to make sure that I was understanding everything even though she was on Exec and I was only a new member.
Share 5 fun facts!
My full name has 26 letters- that’s as much as the alphabet!
I speak 4 languages- Thai, English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
I’ve been to the driest desert in the world.
I really like travelling. To date, I’ve been to 20 countries on 4 different continents.
I love chocolate.
Favorite movie/book/TV show?
My absolute favorite TV show would probably be “Modern Family.” I was introduced to it in high school I think the jokes are really clever, and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. It’s the only show that I allow myself to watch over the school year because I usually get absorbed into TV then stop doing everything else. Recently, a show that I’ve found really good is called “Jane the Virgin.” My cousin introduced it to me while I was visiting my family in the Netherlands for winter break. The show is structured like a telenovela, and it centers on this girl Jane who comes from a family with a very strict Catholic grandmother. Jane then gets accidentally artificially inseminated by this doctor, and the show goes through all the drama that follows!
I’ve always wanted to go to India. I’ve always been fascinated by the food, the languages, and the culture there. It’s on my radar to potentially be my next destination!
What are you looking forward to most about fall semester?
Fall semester, I’m really excited to see my friends again. Since I was abroad last semester, I haven’t seen anyone from school in more than six months, so I’m really excited to go back and catch up with all of them and see what they have all been up to while I was gone!
Take a selfie to show us what you’re up to today!
I know this technically isn’t a selfie, nor is it what I’m up to today (but it’s a picture of me taking a selfie, so I think that counts right?). This picture was taken by my friend on Easter Island when we went there during my study abroad. The trip was one of my favorite experiences of my life! The island itself was incredible, and seeing the Moais was an experience I’ll never forget. I might have also shed some tears as we drove up to our first Moai. The only thing I wish I would have changed would probably be the 17 hour delay we experienced on our way back, but I would say though that my Spanish probably got a lot better after arguing with the airline staff about the delay.