From model student to engineer
Anusorn Pinsuwan, a former Bangkok Post Foundation scholarship student, is now an engineer at the Provincial Waterworks Authority in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
“Everyone has a dream. My dream was to pursue higher studies, gain a bachelor’s degree, then find a secure job and be able to support my parents when they are old,” says Anusorn.
He received the scholarship from the Bangkok Post Foundation when he was 18, when he enrolled at the Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (Tak campus). His father, a temporary worker at Lan Sang National Park, earned about 8,000 baht a month. He was already struggling to support two children’s education. Anusorn took work at his uncle’s bicycle repair shop so he could pursue his higher studies.
He was chosen by the foundation because he showed determination to study, working to help his parents, who also wanted him to get the best education he could.
After finishing certificate level education, he pursued his studies at the Faculty of Engineering, Srinakharinwirot University, Prasarnmit campus. He joined a special programme which ran on weekends so he could work as a foreman for a housing estate company during the week days. After one year, he enrolled at King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok and finished with second-class honours, which brought much pride to his family.
“Studying at King Mongkut’s, you need to be constantly diligent and eager to learn new things. Most students came from Bangkok so they had a firmer foundation than me, a country boy. I solved this problem by tutoring my friends,” he says.
Anusorn became a model student. He was also the first scholarship recipient from Tak province to gain a bachelor’s degree.
“To fulfil the goals of the foundation, I am ready to offer my expertise by giving consultation on engineering and construction”
After graduation, he worked for two private companies before being drafted into the military. During one year as a conscript, he did construction and repair work for the army camp.
After his military stint he was hired as a civil engineer by the Tambon Organisation Administration in Bang Sai district, Ayutthaya province. After four years, he passed the examination to become an engineer at the Provincial Waterworks Authority.
Working in a small organisation such as the TAO and a big state enterprise like the PWA is completely different, he says. He needs to be constantly active and creative while combining new knowledge with past experience to excel in his new work.
“I’d like to thank the foundation. Without their support I would not be able to come to this point in my life.”
“To fulfil the goals of the foundation, I am ready to offer my expertise by giving consultation on engineering and construction.”