Learning Experience

Awards and Scholarship

Research and Publication

Study Abroad Programs

University Degrees

From GED to Ph.D.

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, earning five university degrees leading to my PhD in Environmental Management and a position as a full-time university lecturer.

After forty years of travel and learning, I believe that experience has to 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.


Receiving my Master of Arts Degree from the President of National Chengchi University, Taiwan, in 2006 [Click on photo to visit my Taiwan page]

Thank you for visiting my Learning Experience Page.

– Steven A. Martin