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Problem of Thai students’ choice of undergraduate field of study

Cite this journal as: Eden, S. W. (2018). Problem of Thai students’ choice of undergraduate field of study. Retrieved from http://sw-eden.net

Problem of Thai students’ choice of undergraduate field of study

I was born in Thailand in 1987. I had studied in Thai school more than 10 years, including my elementary, primary, middle, and high school. I went to a Thai university for a half year before moving to New York. Later, in 2012, I finished my master degree and became a university lecturer in Thailand and also a doctoral student in both Thailand and Ohio.

The problem that I have found since I was young is that the “disproportion” regarding the number of students, their skills, the number of choices in undergraduate programs, and the number of choices in the real-world career.

First, many parents want their children to study in healthcare related programs, such as medicine, pharmacy, nurse, and also veterinary. With my experience, these people do not expect that their children would help others, but these parents expect their children’s high income and quality of life.

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Figure 1: Field of Study

Generally, there are 3 types of high school in Thailand. During the primary school and middle school, almost all of the students in Thailand learn the same thing set by the government. However, in high school, they are separated to be 3 different programs, which are (1) science and math school, (2) art and language school, and (3) art and math school. Many students have to go to tutor school during the weekend and try many way to get into the first choice, science and math school. This is because it is the gate to get into the healthcare-related career, and also other careers that they could make a lot of money, like, architect and engineer.

For other two choices, the art-related high school programs, students in these two programs could have a ton of choices in their future, but they seem not to be proud of being in these two programs.

This phenomenon causes a too-high number of people studying math-science-and-healthcare-related programs, but finally, many of them have to work in art-and-social-sciences-related careers. In other words, if too many people graduated from such the program, there will not be enough spaces for them in the workplaces.

In my opinion, Thai parents should encourage their children not just to earn the large amount of money, but to devote themselves for the society. There are many jobs that we could balance both at the same time. For instance, I could produce a prosocial film for the audiences to learn from it.

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Your best friend always lies to you. Why?

S.W. Eden

Cite this journal as: Eden, S. W. (2018). Your best friend always lies to you. Why? Retrieved from http://sw-eden.net

I got a friend when I went to a graduate school. I, a kind of, liked her, because, with my first judgement, she had a quality that could be my future girlfriend. We were nice to each other. We went shopping together at a few shopping malls we could find in a small town. At that moment, I thought we could get along well.

However, she started being a liar, a very big liar. She missed our appointment twice without initial informing. Both of the times, I kept waiting for her for whole day. We both got the hotspot in our apartment, and also the internet in the devices. When I tried to contact her to ask if she would come or not, she did not provide me any answer. She disappeared from the connection and did not say anything to me. Later, when we meet at the school, she pretended like there was nothing happen.

After that, I felt like, she was not real for me. She had too many reasons to say that everything was not her mistake. It was only because she is the big liar. I felt I was alone for a week and trying to stop myself thinking about her.

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Figure 1: Conflict with friends

We did not talk to each other about half year. Later, we met again in other school in Thailand. We enrolled in the same class with the same teacher. I made a decision to forgive her and became her friend again. I am a guy with a short memory. I did not feel that I am hurt that much anymore.

Later, I knew from the teacher that she told him a bad thing about me, and it was not the truth. The teacher did not know that she was (again) the liar. I was suddenly angry. I told the truth to the teacher. I dis not know if he would whether believe me or not. He asked me to calm down and forgive her.

Right now, I still have to meet her sometimes at the school. I feel like what I am doing is to pretend to be nice. I will never hurt her in turn by telling a lie. I am not good at that and I do not want to be like that. If she asked me for help, okay, I will help, but that does not mean I forgive or forget everything she has done to me, but it is because I think it is the thing that a normal person should do. I cannot feel like nothing had happened between us.

So, what is the song that I should sing for her? I want to sing some alternative rock or punk. Dear the readers, please name me one song.

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Got an F or Fail from major courses, What can I do?

S. W. Eden

Cite this journal as: Eden, S. W. (2018). Got an F or Fail from major courses, What can I do? Retrieved from http://sw-eden.net

I am a university lecturer. I know that I should be very serious and all the students should be serious about their education, too. When I was an undergraduate student, about 10 years ago, some friends got an F and I have got a couple of F, too. Although I had never had an absent and I submitted all the class assignment in those two classes, I still got F because I fail in the final exam.

Today, I have been a university lecturer for 6 years, in Thailand. Now is the time that all universities have to think about their future, regarding the decreased number of new students. I think the university would need to consider about the “give an F” policy. They may not like the teachers to give the F to the students, because that reduces students’ satisfaction. Students may quit the university if they found they get many Fs.

The topic that I would like to discuss here is that, should I give an F to a very bad student? Bad students are those who often have absent. In the whole semester, they came to class only 2-3 times. Some did not come to take an exam, but they asked their parents to write the letter to ask me to allow their sons to take the exam after the examination date.

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Figure 1: Teacher and funny student cartoon drawing

Almost all of these bad students do not submit any assignment, and they often said that they had other work to do to earn the money to help their family. I do not know if it is real or not, but I think, if it is real, they should drop and register for the class again when they have more free time.

Some professors in my university give these bad students the F, but some do not. Let’s talk about those who do not give the F for very bad students. We should be curious about what they actually think.

I have talk to one of them. He told me that if the students are very bad, he should allow them to keep being in the school until they graduate. This is because if no one gives an opportunity for these bad students, they would leave the school and do some illegal job in the future. On the other hand, if they are bad students who graduate, they will automatically find the job that most people look for. This way will help the society as a whole.

However, I still think that this thought is not entirely right. It might be right, but it does not fair for all other students who try very hard to graduate.

Last semester, I allowed a very bad student to pass my class with the grade D-. In fact, he should get an F, because he came to class only 2 times. Then, he took the exam. The total score he got was 30 from 100. I feel really bad about what I have done. I should not let him pass.

You guys… Do you want to say something about this issue. If I engage in this kind of situation again, what should I do?

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If L’Arc~en~Ciel is really suck,…


feature on “216 Ways to Kill Cat” by Sw Eden

Sw Eden, me, knew about L’Arc~en~Ciel first time in 1999 or when I was 10 years old. I tbought they had 2 female members which were Hyde and Tetsu. I started to listen to their music intensively when I was 13. There was only a few classmates who liked the same music. Many people said that their music was too loud and they would hate to hear. The L’Arc~en~Ciel lovers still love to turn on their music so load when they brought their friends to home. I always heard about that complaint.

For this band, I bought almost all their albums. When I put it in my parent’s car, and wherever at home, everyone would ask me to turn the tuner down. They all got a headache. I was so confident that I got the albums of the best band, but right now, I am not sure if I was blind when I was young. All people all have a good taste of music, but not L’Arc~en~Ciel. One of their album that I still like is “True”. I agreed with Kwan, my friend on the bus, that L’Arc~en~Ciel’s things got worse in Smile album, and they went better again in Awake. After the album “Awake”, I have never bought any of their CD anymore. In fact, it was the time that I went to the United States, and I found out new types of music fit into me.


Yukihiro with Poster colors by Sw Eden

Tetsu will not love you if you say “L’Arc~en~Ciel suck”, although many people in my country do not like it, and I confirm that they have a good taste of music. Their favorite artists are not suck.

I found an translated interview by Natalie Arnold on http://dekiruhito.com/node/198 from BASS Magazine – December 2007
Let’s read this short part.

Q : You don’t need to get closer to them?
Tetsu : For example, if we were to take someone who thinks “L’Arc~en~Ciel totally sucks, their songs are no good”, and ask that person “So what kind of music do you like, then?” we could hear their answer. Then we might listen to that music and see if we get it or not. Then we might go “Ah, it’s actually this kind of music that sucks, not us” (laughs), so we don’t need to get close to that person. It’s like “Go ahead, say whatever you want.”

I just guess from my own perspective, if it was Hyde, Hyde might feel depressed somehow, of he might go to listen to that music, and try to improve himself. When Hyde went to the game show/TV show, you could see his character there. He always smiles and has a positive point of view. He is fun, anyway.


Tusk and Hide (as Seth et Holth)

One of my high-school friend who was called “Bowling” asked me if I liked L’Arc~en~Ciel. I said, “Yes, but all other people in the school push X-Japan into me.” They did not even know what the L’Arc~en~Ciel was. They were the genius science students, the top of whole country with 123+ IQ. Only Japanese band they knew from the news is X Japan, and they did not like it, too. They listened to Mozart/Beethoven and Orchestra things and also Thai music. I was only the J-Rock person in this fantastic school, and my grade went down pretty bad. I just hope it was not related. But from the research, Mozart’s music can develop the children’s brain, and it should be true. I love his fast and fun melody, and I could play drum along with it. His music does not work with my brain so well. I do not relax, because I naturally catch the piano note.

I will relate everything to my favorite Zi:Kill. Most of Zi:Kill and Ken’s songs always have a little lovely piano melody behind the sound of vocal. If you do not really concentrate on it, you may need to tune it very loud to hear this lovely part. Ken is so talented on song arrangement. the combination of all instruments is totally perfect. You must listen to it. You can listen to them here http://www.playlist.com/playlist/19139456523 (Notice : They are all low quality with 56-96kbps, and most of them are just half of the songs. To listen to full songs with good quality, you need to buy their releases at CDjapan.com, just $23 per CD!! Love them, support them!!)


Suggest to Read by Author
Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids : Lost Eyes
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Tusk Zi:Kill without cosmetics
ประวัติ Zi:Kill Thai biography

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Mahidol Wittayanusorn Student#12 Room 6/7 Memorial Video

“Mahidol” is the name of Father of Thai King. Full name is Mahidol Adulyadej, Prince of Songkla. My teacher told me that all sons of King Rama V have the names as provinces of Thailand. Songkla is a province in the Southern of Thailand. I have many friend from Songkla, too, and they are in Mahidol Wittayanusorn.

“Wittaya” means “Knowledge”, but I think in this term of our school, it mean Science. “Wittayasart” mean “Science” actually. “Sart” means knowledge, too. For “Anusorn”, it means “Memorial”, and in this term, I think it means “Monument”.

Our Video of Room 6/7 student year#12

We did this video together when we have to say goodbye. It i truly our memorial video. The song is “Year Book” or Pang, a Thai singer. I did half of them and other friends did other half. But many parts that I did, the idea was from a girl called, Nonglak. She is one of my favorite people in the school, because she is so smart. I mean she can make a decision very fast and also right.

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Water on the Moon

Google.com pop up its logo as “Water on the Moon” that NASA discovered.


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“wAteR on The moon” (.A..R..T)

When I was in High School of MWIT (Mahidol Wittayanusorn Science School), my professor who was the expert in Astronomy showed us the video that made against NASA, that NASA had never gone to the moon. The video talked about NASA took the video in some secret place in the United State’s desert. Although my professor let us know what the world thought about the NASA, he still said that he believed that NASA had really gone to the moon.

You can see that people are looking for a new place to live, rather than make their original place better. They really plan to live on the Moon or Mar, because the world is now going bad. People keep destroying the natural environment without consideration. We are actually hopeless. Million people are fans of Michael Jackson, and they sing “Heal the World”. How many percents of those people really really heal the world? People consume too much natural resources, and release a lot of toxic. If you are one of those people, you are killing your friends then!

**this is the link, I found on first page of Google search engine.

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The Palace of All Ants

Again with a nature experience in my childhood at Sesawechvidhaya School. We were about gread 2 or grade 3, and we played with ants. 2 kinds of the most dangerous ants in school were, Kan Fire (meaning : fiery itchy) and Tanoi (the biggest red ants). Each owner of each ant nest would find the food for his ants. The bad side destroyed the ant nest of good side. This was something they should not had done. Some of them pour the water into my ant nest. Some of them catch other ants and put them into their ant nest, and their ants killed the new ants. One of my friend in my side brought his food to school everyday. The bad side knew this, too. They put the nest of big red ants into their school bag. They lay it near my friend’s bag which had food inside. And all ants moved from their bag into my friend’s bag. My friend got bitten, and did not have to food for lunch in that day.



red ant

I was sure that those bad guys brought the big red ant in their bag. Those red ants have the nest with many leaves in the tree, and easy to cut out from the tree. Those red ants will not go up to the 4th floor in our classroom, because their habit is living in flat land.

My ant nest got destroy more than twist, and everytime, it got destroyed, it would be bigger, and scarier. The surface of it was about 4-5 square feets, with many complex tube into the ground. My ants were Kan Fire; they walked very slow and truly strong. The food that I liked to give them was white ant or termite. At least I help the school safe from termite. Regularly, the ants do not destroy the termit house (white-anthill), but if I just punch the hole into the termite house, the ants will go into it, and eat all termites.



termite or white ant

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Welcoming Celebration for the Fresh Men (รับน้อง)

This is 2 years after those days, I believe that all my friends who stood with me in that darkness can remember as same as me. Really, it was just a kind of celebration for the fresh men in University, but the seniors did it in negative way. They were just older than us, the fresh men, only 2 years. They said that what they did, are important and beneficial for us, and we all had to do the same thing, but until now, I have never found any benefit that they gave us.

The seniors faked and betrayed the fresh men. Because the university was in country where was far from Bangkok city around 2 hours on high way, whose parents did not have car or did not have time, had to rent apartments or rooms for their children. For my house, it was just 1 hours to get the university, so I did not need any room for staying there. For the students who lived in that province, they should not rent any room, too. When the first day at university came, the senior tried to pretend us that everybody all had to rent a room because the first year Architecture students had a lot of homework and a lot of group work, and many time, we had to stay at studio till midnight. Most of my friends believed them, and that was possible for us who were not the sophisticate. I believed them, too, so I asked my parent to rent a room for me, and that was pretty expensive because I did nothing on it after I know the realistic of the savage seniors. The first year student did not have any hard homework or a lot of group work. We had never stayed at studio till midnight, but we had to stay at lower level from 6 pm till midnight on Monday to Friday. The savage seniors always called every fresh man to be there and began roar around us who had to close the eyes and bow the head down. They called this act, “the repair”, it meant the repair of our behavior because they thought that our behavior was wrong, anyway it was right. I was one of the fresh men who could not escape from this rule, but when I could not endure with the seniors’ jeering roaring anymore, I swore with myself that I would never come to “the repair” again. After that, I was in the dilemma between I hated to go to “the repair”, and all my friends who could not bring me to “the repair” had to get the punishments from seniors. Most punishments were push-up for the boys and sit on the air for the girls.

Once in that semester, we had a lot of individual homework and had to finish it within one day, but we had to go to “the repair”, too. That was not my problem because I would not go there, but it was my friends’ problem. There was a group of pretending seniors who seemed like kind women, they advise some of my friends to copy the homework for other students and let other students go to “the repair” without doing any homework, so my friends did. When the deadline of that homework came, The professor knew that my friends was the copiers for all students in the class, that was evidently from that pretending seniors who told the professor. The professor deducted every student’s grade and deduct my grade, too although my homework was not from that copier friends. I grasped that we were just the foolish of the betraying senior who could not have any pretext.

All he seniors’ rules were so absurd to do. They always told the first year students in “the repair” that 1) Who were here before are older, and who were here after were younger: 2) The olders were greater than younger: 3) If the olders did something wrong, went back to see 1) and 2). That was the reason why the fresh men had to do everything by the seniors’ orders. There was an order which I thought that was a little right, but it was still absurd, the girls could not be in any place without the boy. Really, it kept us to stay secure, but in university was already secure because there were only students from other major who walked around as same as book store or library in a regular university. Here also meant I could not go somewhere with only the female friends, too. In my opinion, if I went as a group of girls, I did not need the have a boy in the group all the time. Each girl had to have a male buddy to follow every time. If the seniors saw a girl or many girls go somewhere without the boy, they would remember and punished the buddies of those girls to push-up. The senior also wanted us to remember all friends’ student ID. I thought this was the most stupid thing to do. There were more than 90 students in my major, and each student had 7 numbers in student ID. If they found that I could not remember, they would blame me in front of all my friends that I did not care them.

A year later when my friends were not the fresh men anymore, there was no rule and “the repair” (ซ่อมน้อง) so we was able to do whatever we wanted, but many things that the seniors left were still stick to us. Most of us hated the senior. Some of us hated each other who let them get the punishment. There were 2 students had gasp disease, they were easy to have convulsion when they were tired. One of the two was a girl. The tall seniors crowd around her and blamed that she was not endure. For the boy, the seniors pushed him down and let him wallow on the floor, then he convulsed, but the seniors did not have any drug for him. Our parents also hated the seniors especially the boys’ parents. The male seniors required 200 baths from each first year students to buy alcohol for their party, but some students did not have enough money, they had to ask from their parents. Another thing that they did for celebration of the welcoming us was the boys who wore their new uniform (because they are 1 year student, they had new uniform.) had to wallow in soggy mud. The seniors did not think about the parents who just brought new uniforms for their child. After that, those uniforms could not be washed so the students had to throw them away. More than the bad things that the seniors left for us, they also left the bad health. Most of the male fresh men had never smoked before, but the seniors forced them to smoke till they became addicts. These were just some bad things that we could not left then behind.

This smack was so strong, hard and bitter. I did not want to keep it for my juniors when I became the senior. I said solely to my friends who wanted to do this to our juniors as same as what we got together. They just ignored and said that was the tradition of Architecture in this university. For the professors, they did not care, and some of they also support because those professor had been the senior before. Now, I do not understand how they can be happy on other pain, or it was just for revenge to the next juniors.

Words and Photos : Sw Eden (สว อิเฎล)

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Spooky Kids Live in MWit

M. Tienteera is a step mother of 8 Spooky Kids. Spooky Kids are John 5, Skold, Twiggy, Zim Zum, Sara, Daisy, Ginger Fish and Gacy. All live together peacefully. M. Tienteera gaives a bird-rabbit doll to Twiggy, but John steals it from Twiggy. M. Tienteera rail John, and John are angry, then John escapes from the house. M. Tienteera asks Skold to bring John back to home, because she grasps that they can share that doll together.

Skold starts to find John around many places (located in Mahidol University and Mahidol Wittayanusorn School). John hides around tables, refrigerator, playground, garbage, earth jar, etc. This is as same as Daisy (the dog) try to find Zim Zum.

Once Skold can catch John into a bottle, but Bong (a boy) pours John out, and John escapes again. At last, Skold finds John again and eats John. Skold vomits John out in their home. John tries to find M. Tienteera around the many closets. John does not have anything to do, so John dances with Balloon song by Paradox! John waits at a table, and M. Tienteera comes with that doll with bad smell. Everyone inhales it and dies because of super awful smell. Zimzum is still alive because he is not with them.

Director : Proud / Daw
Photgrapher/Video capture : Proud / Daw
Movie Maker/Anima : Proud
Actors : M. Tienteera (aka M. Tienteera), Daw (aka John 5). Proud (aka Skold), Apple (aka Twiggy), May (aka Sara), Kom-Prun (aka Zim Zum), Hearing ear – Hanging eat (aka Daisy), A. Bua (aka Ginger Fish) and A. Ping-Pong (aka Gacy)
Other Actors : A. Wasin, Ping /5, House Maid, A. Pare, Tong U, P. Bong, all buffaloes, lizard and all dogs
Locations : Mahidol Wittayanusorn School and Dormitory, Mahidol University (Salaya Campus)



Songs :
Don’t Let You Go by Potato
Balloon by Paradox
In the End and Pushing My Away by Linkin’ Park
Week End and Rose of Pain by X Japan
Slipped Away by Avril Lavigne
Now or Never and Take You the Best Shot by Dope
White Wedding by Murderdolls
I Will Follow Him
Prosthetics by Slipknot
Hitomi no Jyunin by L’Arc en Ciel
Mado by Makoto
This is the New Shit by Marilyn Manson
Omoide Aruki by Psycho le Cemu

One of the places in this movie, and Daw (aka John) is in there.
Mahidol University

All are made and worked for charity.

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