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.