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Fulbright 2015-16 ETA Narrative Reflection April Edition

Check out the third edition of narrative reflection from our 2015-16 English Teaching Assistants (ETAs)!!!!


Michele McDonald was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She recently graduated from the University of Dayton with a B.S. in Adolescent to Young Adult Social Studies Education and minors in German and History. Michele is a 2015-16 Fulbright-AMCHAM English Teaching Assistant (ETA) at Rachprachanukroh 8 School in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. In her free time, Michele loves to explore Thailand and eat as much delicious Thai food as she can. She also enjoys exercise and practises several martial arts, including Muay Thai and Kung Fu. In the future, Michele hopes to work as a journalist in order to continue to travel and learn more about the world. She also plans to continue her journey as a lifelong martial artist. In her narrative, Michele shares about the origins of Wor Watthana, a non-profit Muay Thai (Thai boxing) gym in Buriram and how she finally decided to redirect the goal of her internship at the gym to researching the positive impacts of Muay Thai on an impoverished community.

Paul Bierman is 2015-16 Fulbright-AMCHAM Thailand ETA, currently teaching at Mae Chan Wittayakom, in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand. Born in Iowa and raised in Alaska, Paul graduated from Swarthmore College in May 2015 with a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology, and a minor in Interpretation Theory. Until he can read books in Thai, Paul contents himself with reading books about Thailand.
In his narrative reflection, Paul shares how Western and Thai pop music exist side by side in Thailand, and how there isn't a single double decker bus not fully equipped for a karaoke dance party.

Jacob Pinter grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in broadcast journalism. He is a 2015-16 Fulbright Thailand ETA at Watbotsuksa School in Phitsanulok province. Jacob was previously a production assistant at NPR’s Morning Edition. According to his scouting report, he misses open jump shots and doesn’t move his feet on defense. Jacob’s narrative reflection portrays his fun cultural experiences in Thailand—adjustments, surprises and a unique kind of social engagement through sports (Team Jumper). In the story, Jacob explains how playing basketball has helped him make new friends, learn more about Thai culture, and cushion against the discomfort of such a big move.


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