There is no shortcut to success, the only way to success is to work, work and work harder

Speech by Mrs. Ureerat Ratanaprukse, Consul-General of Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City at Opening Ceremony for the Academic Year 2018-2019

Professor Dr. Ngo Thi Phuong Lan, President of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City,

Administrators, Professors and all freshmen students,

It is a great pleasure for me to stand here and welcome you all to the incoming class of 2018 at USSH. When I arrived the auditorium, I had a flashback of joyful memory at my beginning of the undergrad school years back. It means a great deal to me to see all these young faces and people with such enthusiasm and such ambition about learning.

I understand that you are from different provinces over Vietnam, some of you even come from other countries, each of you has taken different paths to get here, but from today onwards, no matter how far or where you come from, we all one USSH family. We will be sharing the same classes, exchange different ideas, eat at the same tables, even sleeping through some lectures, only to find out who you are and where you want to be in the society, it is the starting point to define your own purpose of your life. This is the golden opportunity for all of you who are fortunate enough to shape your own future, who has such liberty to pursue life and happiness, whereas for many people, their future is solely dictated by daily survival.


So today, I wish to leave you with three key messages to carry on for the rest of your four years here. (1) Finding and shaping your own purpose (2) Learn beyond books and (3) Make friends of your life.

First, it is important to define you who are and where you want to be at the earliest stage. Every night you must sleep with big dream and wake up with clear purpose. Big change starts from small determination like that. It starts by setting small daily goals, then expands to month, semester and year. One after another achievable targets, there is encouragement and faith to carry on for the bigger ones. And suddenly everything, no matter how big or small it is, seems plausible.

Second, learning is a life-long process. Having been serving in diplomatic service for more than 30 years, I can say that knowledge is beyond textbooks and classrooms. Indeed, the whole world is your classroom, challenges are your teachers and great obstacles are your exams. Cross-cultural understandings are anecdote to in differences. I encourage you all to travel the world, learning different ideas, philosophy and cultures outside classroom, to work with communities, locals and teammates. Most importantly, you must learn to give back to society and nation. And I strongly believe that USSH has so much to offer in these kind of extra-curricular activities.

Third, spend some time to make friends of your life, four years are gone fast. Besides family, friends are the safe cushion for landing when facing teenage difficulties, be it study, love life, or even financial situation. I can guarantee that good friends will be a part of memorable experiences in your college which lasts for life.

Madame President, Professors and Students,

Someone says that the most advantage of being so young at your age is TIME. Time is your precious asset. You need to spend them well in the most beneficial way to yourself, to society and to the country. In the disruptive world where Internet of Things shortens time and space. We need to take advantage of this to learn new things as much and as fast as possible.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you Madame President for inviting me today and to all Faculties’ members for their hard work in contribution to education as well as my high appreciation for the University’s continued support to the Royal Thai Consulate-General, in particular in the area of youth and education cooperation, to name a few, the annual Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Ambassador Programme, the Youth Ambassador from the Virtue of Youth Foundation’s visit last week and more upcoming activities in the near future, of which one of them is the cooperation with Thai Center to jointly organize the Seminar on “Agricultural Economy: Prospect for Cooperation” on 21 September 2018.  

Last but not least, there would definitely be ups and downs in your college years but there is no shortcut to success, the only way to success is to work, work and work harder. However, with your great passion to learn, determined purpose and good friendship, I am certain that your college’s life would be a memorable and precious one.

Welcome you all to USSH. Xin Com On. ขอบคุณค่ะ

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