Firstly, congratulations on your recently attained positions of head boy and girl, how does that feel?
Tusnim: It’s so exciting being in this position; I think it has really opened up my eyes in terms of what I am capable of. Being in this leading role is putting me on a path to success.
Game: I have been at this school for 14 years of my life, so becoming head boy makes me feel like I have fulfilled my potential. My brother was also head boy so it is pretty special for my family too. I have many ideas of how we can make this school even better and I am excited to share those ideas as the student body representative.
What was the process of election like?
Game: The steps were really challenging. For example the public speaking was daunting and required us to think on our feet. I am glad it was tough, because those of us who really wanted to be there were, right until the end.
Tusnim: You really had to look for the important parts of each step and think about it. I treated it a bit like a game; even though it was serious it helped me to relax. Each level got a bit harder; the experience was certainly valuable for me personally.
Did you expect to come out on top?
Tusnim: Throughout the whole election process I told myself to just enjoy it and expect nothing. I did not want to get ahead of myself and not perform well due to being nervous, so it was a surprise to be elected, yeah.
Game: From the bottom of my heart I would have been happy if any one of us in this whole process had won. Everyone did such an amazing job and I would have been happy to call them my head of school. I guess I’m just lucky.
Do you feel that Regents is fostering a real can-do attitude in the both of you?
Game: Regents is such a wonderful community, there are so many opportunities to do great things. The teachers instill self-confidence in me and I am very thankful for that.
Tusnim: Yes, absolutely. The support and guidance you receive as a student at Regents is part of the schools aims, it has helped me step out of my comfort zone and be a more critical thinker.
As Thais, do you feel like you are representing your community?
Tusnim: Yes, it is one of the biggest things you can do and it not only brings honor on me but my whole family. For a Thai to be head student at an international school is definitely a big deal. There are so many nationalities at the school, so what are the chances?
Game: There are some Thais who choose to shy away from opportunities like this because they do not think it is possible. I feel like I represent them and prove that they can take the step up. I think this role is about being a role model and I take that seriously.
Many Thai students leave after year 11 to go to University, what made you stay?
Game: I think many Thais and their parents don’t see the value in continuing if the option to go to university exists at age 16. I wanted to stay because I think the IB course will give me the best chance in progressing towards my chosen career as a young adult.
Tusnim: I wanted to stay because I believe in personal development, the longer I stay the more I realise what I am capable of as a person. I really want to do well this year to ensure I made the right decision.
What are your aims post-school? Do you have any Universities in mind?
Tusnim: I am really interested in the business/economics/finance side of things, my family wants me to stay in Asia so I am looking at Hong Kong as an option but we will have to wait and see at this stage.
Game: I really want to get into medicine and you obviously need really good grades to get into a good school. After talking to many of my teachers, I know what prevents students from getting 45 points in IB, so I am determined to get there. I want to study in the U.K; Edinburgh or possibly even Cambridge.
What would you say is the best thing about attending Regents and why would it be a school you recommend to others?
Game: As an international school it has such a variety of people, cultures and countries represented. I have had such an amazing opportunity to understand about diversity and life outside of Thailand, and for that I am so grateful.
Tusnim: Regents International School Pattaya is a part of my life; it’s just like a family. The teachers here are so supportive and always willing to help guide us through what we are capable of. It is a unique place that you need to experience.