“At university, I hope to learn about alternative environmental solutions that can simultaneously bolster quality of life and ensure that such policy does not disproportionately affect the most vulnerable.” Noting that policymaking can often be far removed from the actual impact it has on people’s lives, Pe (Peter) Pakdeejit is looking forward to reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of Oxford come Fall 2023. When discussing how he arrived at the decision to matriculate at Oxford, Peter joked: “The Harry Potter connection really sold me!” In all seriousness, he said his decision was based on Oxford’s strong reputation in the Humanities, the intensive focus on research and the “dreamlike yet buzzing” atmosphere of the surrounding city. With his aim to one day work in a governmental role, contributing to either Foreign Affairs or Development Economics, Peter is confident that an education in PPE from Oxford will provide him with “a broad foundation in political theory, ethics and governance”.
In his 15 years at Bangkok Patana, Peter enjoyed playing badminton competitively, whilst also developing his skills as a musician in both piano and violin. He shared that one of his favourite memories was playing in the 2023 SEASAC Badminton tournament in Vietnam, and his proudest achievement was representing Thailand at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference, or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, more commonly referred to as COP27, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. “It was really inspiring to learn from the greatest minds and to witness world leaders negotiating climate treaties.”
Peter’s favourite courses at Bangkok Patana were his Economics courses. “Mr Fieldhouse actively encouraged us to critically analyse everything we were taught. He demonstrated to us how Economics is really all about people and, as such, how Economics can be used to improve people’s lives.” Reflecting back, Peter expressed that he will miss the “close-knit community and ability to fully explore [his] interests that Bangkok Patana School provides”. As he prepares to join his new university-based community, Peter is determined to utilise the knowledge he gains through his Patana Pathway to further improve the livelihood of people and the environment in which we live. Congratulations, Peter!
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