Learning is an Adventure

Steven A Martin, PhD

Asst Professor of Asian Studies in Sociology and Anthropology

Faculty of International Studies Prince of Songkla University

My Story

From GED to PhD

After reading the Swiss Family Robinson at 15 years old, I left home in the Ohio rustbelt in 1978 and flew to Hawaii where I planned to live in a treehouse. I found work as 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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