Learning Experience

Awards and Scholarship

Research and Publications

Study Abroad Programs

University Degrees

From GED to PhD

In 1978, at 15 years old, I dropped out of high school to moved to Hawaii.

After working as a lifeguard and having some opportunity to travel and surf around the world, I realized that I may have missed something by not having attended high school or college. Travel had made me curious and I realized that I loved learning.

In 1991, I decided to go back to school.

Entering university was a big step and the direction of my life changed forever. I remained a student for the next twenty years and completed five university degrees, including a MA in Taiwan Studies and a PhD in Environmental Management.

My learning experiences led to a position as a tenured university lecturer in Asian Studies at Prince of Songkla University, located on the resort island of Phuket, Thailand.

After forty years of travel and learning, I believe that experience should come first, and as we naturally gain intellectual curiosity, we develop the mental qualities that enable us to really enjoy and benefit from university education – providing us with something that may have otherwise remained inside, undiscovered.

Learning should be an adventure.

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Receiving my Master of Arts Degree from the President of National Chengchi University, Taiwan, in 2006

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– Steven A. Martin