Diversity Abroad – Blog

“Yet here we are, ready for departure..”

Sa Wad Dee! (That’s “Hello” in Thai)

My name is Austin Ogletree and I am a rising senior at North Carolina A&T where I study Industrial & Systems Engineering. My home is in Barnesville, Georgia but I’ve been located in Greensboro, North Carolina ever since I left for college 4 years ago. Never in one-million years did I think that I would be brave enough to leave my “small town, big family” norms behind and spend SIX LONG months of my life in SE Asia. Yet here we are, ready for departure.

I am super excited to be an Overseas Ambassador this fall as I study Industrial Engineering in Bangkok, Thailand. I will be studying at the Sidrihorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) of Thammast University. Don’t worry.. All of my classes will be taught in english so I can’t blame it on the language if the classes are too hard 🙂 The coordinator for my ISEP Direct program tells me that my campus is located about 25 minutes from the heart of Bangkok– how amazing is that!

Currently, I am living in Orlando, Florida for my summer engineering internship with Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts. This summer has been amazing as I have been able to do my favorite thing in the entire world: TRAVEL! Although my priorities have mostly been work, I had the chance to sneak on down to Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts…. AND I was able to fit in a tiny pit-stop in my favorite city: Washington, DC!

Nonetheless, I enjoy piña coladas and sunsets on the beach… and if you ever have any questions and just want to chat feel free to reach out and say hello! I am beyond humbled to share my personal journey with each of you. #25DaysUntilTakeOff

Travel on,
Austin Ogletree, Overseas Ambassador (Thailand)