Learning is an Adventure

Dr. Steven A. Martin

Asst. Professor of Asian Studies

Faculty of International Studies Prince of Songkla University Phuket

My Story

From GED to PhD

In 1978, at 15 years old, I left home in the Ohio rustbelt and flew to Hawaii where I planned to live in a treehouse. I found work as a dishwasher, then learned to cook and trained to become a chef. At the same time, I discovered Hawaii's big waves and surfing.

Over the following few years, I learned American Red Cross lifesaving skills, became a County of Hawaii beach lifeguard, and went on to start a surf school. I taught surf skills to hundreds of people including international celebrities, movie stars and astronauts from NASA.

My love for surfing, learning, and meeting new people led me to a life of international travel and education...

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