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Fulbright 2016-17 ETA Narrative Reflection March Edition

Check out the third edition of narrative reflection from our 2016-17 English Teaching Assistants (ETAs)!!!!

Justin Long
was born and raised in Baltimore City. He is a 2016-17 Fulbright-AMCHAM ETA placed at Jorakhe Wittayayon School in Khon Kaen Province, Northeastern of Thailand. Justin studied linguistics at Hamilton College. When he gets back to the United States, he wants to be a caseworker and to go to graduate school to study social science. In his free time, he enjoys running in the fields behind his school and going into town to look around. In his narrative, Justin has shared his expanded knowledge in Northeastern Thai food learned through his stay as an ETA in Khon Kaen Province. The story portrays passion and observation in Thai cuisine through the American lens, reflecting Justin's appreciation and understanding of the culture.

Mia Prohaska is a 2016-2017 Fulbright-AMCHAM ETA placed in Sansai Wittayakom in Chiang Mai. She graduated with a BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) from Pacific University. Mia loves teaching in Thailand as this has been a long time dream. Five years ago Mia was a senior high school student in Chiang Rai, Thailand. She loves exploring the country and is trying to make it to every province in the north. She also has a deep love for Thai kanom (snacks). In her free time, she likes to cook, hike and volunteer. After her grant, she plans to move to Philadelphia and pursue her masters in social work. Mia has shares an inspiring story about her appreciation and persistence in her pursuit of being the best teacher in her own way. Her determination and strength inspired by her stepfather, John, together with the kind of persistence in Thailand she has learned to embrace is teaching her to live completely in the present.

Kait Hobson is from Philadelphia, PA and is a 2016-2017 Fulbright-AMCHAM ETA placed in Mae Lao Wittayakom in Chiang Rai, Thailand. She graduated with a B.A. in journalism and English from Syracuse University. When not teaching her mattayom students, Kait enjoys exploring northern Thailand and eating food that is “phet mak,”or very spicy. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, paint and read. After her grant, she plans to move to New York City and pursue another degree. Kait Hobson’s narrative reflection is about an old dog at her school named “Lhong,” which means ‘being lost’ in Thai. A flashback to her childhood and vivid portrayal in the story will take you on a journey. Get into Kait’s story from when she was a kid and when she came to Thailand, feeling lost at first and trying to adjust to the culture in her new home.


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