Balancing a flourishing Archery calling with a desire to be a doctor and all of the study it entails is no mean feat. Yet, that is exactly what Year 13 Pim has done over the last year. Whether it be a third place finish in Asia Cup competition or gaining entry to Princess Chulabhorn College of Medical Science (PCCMS), Pim has given maximum effort and ultimately been successful. Indeed, Pim has ensured to take every opportunity provided both through Shrewsbury and independently too, involving herself in sporting, academic and charitable ventures.
Despite being an ideal candidate, Pim still had the agonising choice of being able to attend only one of three top interview choices due to scheduling conflicts. After weighing her options, Pim chose PCCMS due to the fourth year of the degree being held at University College, London - a chance to experience the UK for a year and broaden her knowledge under foreign lecturers.
“I have lived in the USA and Australia, so the opportunity to go to the UK to live and study was too good to pass up. The year is research-based and at the end I will receive a Bachelor of Science, so I took the plunge,” she enthused.
The 2020 Schweitzer Vice Captain has also been a dedicated member of the Shrewsbury community, involved in outreach such as the Equity Partnership and and other individualised charity endeavours. Food Fight COVID is a not-for-profit project that Pim has set up, making and distributing food to workers around Bangkok who have been furloughed due to the pandemic. In the most difficult times, Pim rounded up her friends and their families to help as well. She intends to keep the charity running, despite entering medicine school.
Pim says she owes a lot to the Shrewsbury Higher Education Team, especially Thai Specialist, Mr Stuart Markes who ensured their portfolios were presentable and introduced them to people like Dr Julie - a Shrewsbury Parent and Professor of Medicine at Mahidol University. Dr Julie understands the system as well as anyone and gives the students insight to the kinds of questions and dilemmas interviewers will ask them.
“Aside from readying the medical school hopefuls for the difficult task ahead, Mr Markes also ensured we were OK mentally. He would keep in touch regularly and provide advice when we were getting stressed out. It really makes a difference when someone cares like that.”
Pim says although she is looking forward to attending university and continuing her blossoming archery career, she will really miss Shrewsbury, as it has provided her with a world of opportunities and opened her eyes to a world of possibilities.
“I have had the most amazing four years here and although I am excited about my future, I will always look back on my time here with fondness. It really is a special place, filled with special people”.