Sudarat Tuntivivat received a master's degree in public administration in 2008 from Bowie State University. She describes herself as "a small town girl from Thailand" with a dream of studying other cultures. That dream led her to leave Thailand at 17 to study at Pennsylvania's Edinboro University. As an undergraduate, Sudarat interned at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, an opportunity that inspired her to pursue an advanced degree at Bowie State University.
"BSU offered me the multicultural experience I was looking for, as well as as an outstanding academic program," she says. Throughout the enrollment process, Bowie State University welcomed Sudarat "with open arms. I'm from the other side of the world, but I feel at home at Bowie State," she says. Sudarat found BSU to be a melting pot of different cultures. "I met professors and students from India, South Korea, China, Nigeria and Kenya," she says.
Sudarat hopes to earn a doctorate and eventually return to her home country. "I hope to pursue a PhD in public administration or management, and work for the Thai Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Royal Thai Government, United Nations, or a nongovernment organization," she says.
No matter where her career takes her, Sudarat says she'll never forget Bowie State University. "Bowie State offered me so many opportunities, as well as wonderful mentors, friends, and memories. I encourage students from every ethnicity to join the Bowie State family."