My name is Anny. I’m 25. I am Thai. I come from a very remote small town where majority population are farmers. Back in early 90s, I was about 6, television and cars were the most innovative technology and anyone who owned those stuff would be considered rich. Too bad my family didn’t own any of those. So everyday while my mom left home to work(she’s a teacher), I and my brother had to stay with my aunt because there was no such places like nursery or preschool. She would took us to her farm everyday – everyday we walked for almost 2 hours to her farm. It was like when you go on tracking, golden scenery of infinite-looking rice pad, green forest like Mirkwood and Rivendell.
But no, I wouldn’t consider it a tracking because it was my daily routine. That was the very first pictures I can remember my childhood. I was playing and helping my aunt harvest the rice, ride a buffalo while my uncle had it plough the field. I didn’t go to school until I was 8. Mom sent us to public school and I learned how to read. One day in summer, I was 15, I was looking at an English text book that my cousin gave me (so that I didn’t have to buy a new one) I looked at it, completely had no idea how to read it. I saw a hand writing letter in English on a cover, assuming it should be my cousin name and then I said to myself, I want to be able to read, write and speak English, then I wrote my name Annie in Thai alphabet. I kept thinking the whole summer and decided to leave home. I said to my mom I wanted to go to better school and bigger city where I can discover the world. Mom sadly agreed with my will and I moved to live with my cousin.
It was a bigger public school and I’ve learned and discovered different world. But somehow I felt like I was the odd. I was that kid who always asked weird questions which teachers couldn’t explain the answers. And actually in Thailand, or I would say my experience in Thailand public school, you can’t ask questions to teachers because it considered disrespectful. Critical thinking? No they don’t teacher you either. So I was a nerd at home reading and digged out things I was curious about. While friends went to the mall for shopping, I stayed home, discussed business and politic with my uncle, learned cooking with my aunt and competed fast reading with myself. I aggressively love reading a lot. Final year in high school, I won a one year full scholarship to Denmark but mom wouldn’t let me go.
So I didn’t go to Denmark and finished high school. I wanted to go to the #1 university in Thailand but my family couldn’t effort it so I chose this university where they offered me free scholarship and I stayed on my own. However, I still wanted to go abroad and it had to be scholarship. So in my 2rd year, I was 19, I went to America. It was a summer program where I was sent to work at Mcdonald, in Mississippi. Why Mississippi? Because I was from unknown school and all those from well known school got to go to California. But it was one of the best experience in my life. And then 3rd year I went to Japan for exchange summer program, schorlarship. Of all experiences and life lessons since I was born, curiosity leads me all through and I am grateful for that.