Interview with Passakorn Inthanil International Affairs, Fall 2016

What was your background prior to Graduate Professional Studies?
I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in economics in 2015. I took a sabbatical and went to Canada to study French.

Why did you choose to participate in Graduate Professional Studies?
I saw the GPS program as a "test-drive" for graduate school. It thought it was an excellent opportunity to take graduate level classes and intern, building up my experience.

Where did you intern? What were some daily tasks at your internship? Favorite part?
I interned at "The Hospitality and Information Service (THIS) for Diplomats." It is a nonprofit social organization responsible for helping foreign diplomats and their families adjust to life in Washington. My favorite part was getting the opportunity to meet dignitaries from other countries, and I even attended a Thanksgiving dinner at one of their houses.

Did you know what your career/academic path looked like before you joined the program?
I long decided to study international affairs, but I was unsure if it would be right for me. GPS proved that I am ready for graduate school.

What was your #1 takeaway from the Program? What would you tell others considering GPS?
My number one takeaway from this program would be the connections I built from this one semester significantly increased my value professionally.

What did you do after completing your GPS semester?
I was accepted at multiple universities for their graduate programs. I chose American because I loved AU so much that I decided to come back!

Did your time with GPS directly affect your professional success?
GPS certainly helped me to be more successful professionally. The workshops, especially the writing skills workshop helped me to be a better writer. Moreover, my credits transferred to graduate school, saving me some time and money.