19

March

Student Spotlight

 

Thrival Academy: Oakland Thrival Academy: Indy
Amira Shakeel-Haadee

Age: 15

Current Grade: 10

What do you miss most about home?  I miss going out… being in the moment. I also miss being at the house hanging out with my mom, watching netflix. I miss having fun. Not that I don’t have fun here. It’s just different fun.

What are you enjoying most about being in Thailand? I’m enjoying… well… My mom is from southeast Asia. So I’m enjoying living how she lived growing up and experiencing what she experienced. Like, I told her about how we had to take bucket showers, and she said she did the same thing!

Personal Highlight from this week:  Touching an elephant! I never touched an elephant before. It was so cool! I touched his little trunk thingy, and he was grabbing food from my hands.

Emily Richardson

Age: 17

Current Grade: 11

What do you miss most about home? My pets and my mom… and my room.

What are you enjoying most about being in Thailand? Hearing from different perspectives. Like, from the homestays getting to know people in the communities. Seeing how the different people live.

Personal Highlight from this week: (This was last week.) It was my favorite homestay so far. The community had a really interesting vibe. It was so calm, and they were so kind. P’ Oshy was the new generation elder, and he was so wise. I got to talk to him and get to know more about him.