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 move 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 an Asst. Professor 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.


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

Thank you for visiting my Learning Experience page.

– Steven A. Martin