Study in America since 15 years old was the biggest turning point in my life. I was told by my parents that I have to go to America, after finish my freshmen year in high school. Thinking that I have to live in the different society and the foreign-speaking environment, I was both thrilled and scared.
It was in the summer of 1995. I had attended the summer camp call "August House” It was the program for international student to improve their English skill before the high school in America. I had spent four months in the camp that was located on Martha Vineyard Island. I had a great time meeting people from many difference countries. I spent four full months with student from Japan, Korea, and Germany. I learned quite a lot from them, such as their language and culture. My English improved during the camp, because it was the only way we can communicate to others. .
First three months, I couldn't contact with my parents because I did not know how to make a phone call to Thailand. During my early years, I was shocked by the different between cultures of two countries. If you look at the maps, you'll see that Bangkok is totally opposite side from New England area. Therefore, the ways of life and the people's usual perspectives are not likely to be in the same way. In Thailand, I lived with my parents, so I did not have to take care of my stuffs as much as I lived in the dormitory in high school. For example, I had to do my own laundry, and I had to get my own food from the cafeteria, instead of having parents doing these house-works for me. Therefore, I developed the responsibility in order to become a grown-up, took care of myself independently from my parents. .
These are all the turning points I could think of, when I came from Thailand to the US. The significances of it are so many that I can conclude in this such a short paper. Learning and accepting the different society are the best lesson I had during my time in the US so far.