Summer Around the Globe

Jordan Tarzian, Crown Writer and Photographer

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The summer had finally arrived. Students were eager to rush out the doors as school came to a close. The season of no homework, no classes, and no tests was in session. Summer vacations were now starting and the excitement to get out of school was overwhelming. Not everyone’s exotic vacations were away from school.

For one student, Tawan Niemann (10), school in Thailand was just about to begin again in a month. A distance of 8,367 miles away from home seems like too far for most people, but for Niemann, Thailand is his second home. This isn’t the first time Niemann has flown to different parts of the world over the summer. The school year schedule in Thailand is different from the U.S. It begins in July instead of August or September. The Thailand school system operates differently compared to the various school systems in the U.S which includes that Thailand schooling is free of charge until ninth grade. This isn’t Niemann’s first time going to school across the world. Niemann has been visiting his friends and cousin, Nattapus, at Trattakarnkhun school in Trat, Thailand for a while. They all speak Thai and no English at all. Niemann had a hard time reading Thai but his ability to speak is remarkable.

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   Thailand has shaped Niemann into who he is today. He had a special opportunity that most people will not be able to experience in their life. The culture and tradition Niemann continues to influence his life here. Even though school is not ideal in the summer, his friends and family make it all worth it.


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