Building new values and appreciating all the good things in life

The marketing manager for Momondo, Jenna Perus, decided to come to Bangkok in 2013 and study for one semester through Asia Exchange. Let’s find out how her time in Thailand benefited her to end up where she is now. And what the reasons are you should pick Bangkok as your study abroad destination.

A woman with her arms crossed is smiling into the camera.
Jenna studied at Kasetsart University in 2013. Now, she is the marketing manager for Momondo. Photo by Jenna / CC BY

Hello Jenna, please give our readers a short background of yourself.

My name is Jenna Perus. I´m originally from Turku, Finland, but I moved to Copenhagen in 2017 and started working as a marketing manager for Momondo. Before that, I was working as a CMO for a video production company named Videolle in Helsinki.

I’ve done two semesters abroad, 2009 in Nicosia Cyprus and 2013 in Bangkok. I did my first exchange semester when I was doing my bachelor at Turku University of Applied Sciences. The second I did was in Bangkok 4 years later when I continued my master studies at Turku University.

Kasetsart - building - University - Bangkok - Thailand
Kasetsart is considered to be one of the best universities in Thailand. Kasetsart is also ranked 29 in Agriculture and Forestry around the world in the QS World University Rankings 2017.

Which University in Bangkok did you study at?

I studied at Kasetsart University. In Finland, I was studying my master degree in Economics and I wanted to find a school where I could study courses for my side subject: information system science. I had already done one exchange semester in Europe so I wanted to try Asia this time.

 

Facility - Kasetsart - University - Bangkok
The top class facilities in Kasetsart will assure you to have a good experience while studying.

Why did you choose Thailand as your study destination?

I had already visited Thailand twice and I loved the local people, the amazing nature and that there are endless of places to visit. Now, I chose Bangkok because of the reasons that it’s really cheap and easy to travel to other countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia etc. I wanted to take the opportunity to just explore Asia as much as possible during the semester.

A picture from above of a boat in a blue sea near a white beach in Thailand.
The reason why Jenna chose Thailand is because it is easy to travel and explore Asia from there. Photo by Tom Rumble / CC BY

Where did you live during your stay in Bangkok?

I stayed with my Finnish friend at Vibhavadi Tower, which was recommended by Asia Exchange. It’s located near to the University and it has its own pool, gym, and even a Finnish sauna. We were really happy with that accommodation.

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How did studying in Bangkok affect your life?

I was able to get closer to the normal Thai life when living in an area where normal tourists were not staying. It was also great to be able to communicate a little bit with the locals in their own language after studying it at school. The locals were always warm, helpful and welcoming.

Me and my friends traveled around in Thailand and Asia almost every weekend. We visited a lot of amazing places, met a lot of inspiring people but we also witnessed the backside of Asia. We got to experience the injustice and poverty, especially in Cambodia. It was a learning experience to go through that. It helped me build new values and it made me appreciate more all the good things we have in our lives.

A girl is standing in front of a waterfall in Thailand.
She loves the local people, the amazing nature and that the’re the endless of places to visit in Thailand. Photo by Jenna / CC BY

Would you say your time abroad has benefited you to get the jobs you want? If so, in what ways?

Living abroad has given me the courage to be able to jump into new challenges. Living abroad is also great training to improve your language skills and adapting to new situations.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about studying in Bangkok?

You’re probably going to find your new favorite city, new favorite food and new friends for a lifetime. Just do it, you won’t regret it.

 

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