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

In 1978, at 15 years old, I left home in the Ohio rustbelt and flew to Hawaii where I planned to live in a treehouse. I found work as a dishwasher, then learned to 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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