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Pataradanai Setsuwan 'Koen'

MDX_1864_04_1_KoenName: Pataradanai Setsuwan AKA ‘Koen’

Course: MSc Applied Psychology

Nationality: Thailand

Pataradanai, known as ‘Koen’ is currently studying a master’s degree in Applied Psychology at Middlesex University London, however his background is not what you would expect from your typical psychology student. Back home in Thailand he was part of a boyband called K-Otic. The band was active between 2007 – 2012 and during that time released 4 albums and toured extensively throughout Asia. The band also represented Thailand in the 2009 Best Music Awards in South Korea. Outside of the 5 piece band, Koen released a solo album and starred in three movies, two TV series and was the host of six TV shows. Outside of the world of celebrity he also has an entrepreneurial side to him, being the owner of a bakery chain in Bangkok. We sat down with Koen to chat about why he decided to change his career and come to the UK to study.

  1. Why did you decide to study Applied Psychology?

    “I was interested in the subject as some members of my own family suffered from some psychological issues. I wanted to learn more about the subject and work in the area, but it is a much stigmatised subject in Thailand so I decided to come to London to study it.”

  2. Why did you choose to come to Middlesex?

    “When I was searching for a psychology course I noticed that Middlesex had a great reputation for psychology and had some of the biggest labs in the UK. Also Middlesex offered me a scholarship as I already had a first class degree from my undergraduate course in hospitality. The scholarship gave me 60% funding so it was a good incentive for which I am very grateful.”

  3. What parts of the course do you most enjoy?

    “I enjoy the Research Methods module of the course the most. I had no idea that psychology involved so much statistics and I found it very interesting. The course has thought me so much. It has opened my eyes; it’s feels like a completely new world to me now”.

  4. What is it like being an international student at Middlesex?

    “It’s very nice, everyone is open to diversity and new experiences here. I have made lots of friends and everyone is accepting, it doesn’t matter where you are from.”
  5. What have you enjoyed most about the UK?

    “People don’t believe me when I say this but I enjoy the food here! I love all the different types of food that you can find here. There are a lot of good restaurants to go to in London. Also I love the sense of friendship here. My class go out together, we have drinks together and we hang out. That’s very important to me. I have a family of friends here.”

  6. What advice would you give international students coming to Middlesex?

    “Be ready! Middlesex is not an easy option. You need to be prepared. It’s not the type of university that you can come and just sweep through. You need to be ready. But it is worth the effort!”

  7. What do you want to do in the future?

    “I want to open my own firm that focuses on providing consultancy and counselling to people interested in plastic surgery. I want to help people to decide what they want, why they want it or if they are really sure they want to go through with it.”

  8. Is there anything else you want to mention that we have not covered?
    “The staff! I say this all the time but the staff are lovely. They help me so much. They understand that I am international so they go out of their way to help me with things like my grammar. They are really great.”

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