Four A*’s. Add that to an A in his Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), and you start to get the picture that Tanai (Prompt) Chotanaphuti is an exceptional student. You may not see his dedication to his community through his Gold Duke of Edinburgh International Award (DoEIA), his commitment to the school choir, and his passion for advocacy as a member of the Model United Nations (MUN) Club. All of these qualities have resulted in Prompt’s acceptance to study Medicine at the University of Cambridge - an achievement that has brought great pride to him, his family and Shrewsbury School Bangkok, Riverside.
With the support of Cambridge Alumni in the form of past students and current teachers, Prompt has successfully navigated his way to the prestigious Gonville and Caius College. This is a genuinely fantastic accolade, as each year, Cambridge allocates just a handful of places on its medical programme to international applicants. Prompt is modest and thankful to his family, teachers, and the Higher Education Team despite this achievement.
“I was actually surprised to get the offer! I am over the moon, of course, but humbled by all of the help I have received,” he said
Prompt’s parents are perfect people to ask for advice. As a Professor of Medicine and a nurse, both recognised Prompt’s aptitude and interest in science at an early age. They decided to move him to Shrewsbury in Year 4, understanding the importance of strong language skills to eventually progress to international study at university. Prompt has become increasingly fascinated by the workings of the human body, and it was in Year 10, he decided Medicine was the career for him. Experiences such as participation in Shrewsbury’s Action 4 Diabetes club - including a visit to an aid camp in Cambodia - have further cemented his choice.
It is rare to achieve all A*’s in Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Maths, but Prompt took it in his stride. He believes strongly that Shrewsbury stands out not just for its academic excellence but also for its extracurricular offerings. He has had numerous opportunities to broaden his horizons, and it is this exposure to new adventures that aided his application and assisted his study.
“The Shrewsbury community has not only supported my university application and study, but it has also motivated me to continue pursuing my interests. I would have never imagined I would conquer the Gold DoEIA or represented the school at the MUN, but that has all been possible. I am very grateful for everything the school has given me,” he insists.
A huge congratulations to Prompt for a uniquely fabulous accomplishment. We are sure you will be successful in the coming years and look on eagerly to see what you do next!