Date of Completion

Spring 5-22-2017

Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Peter J. Taylor


This synthesis paper presents an autobiographical narrative of my journey as a learner from a poor rural background in Thailand to completing a Masters program in the USA. I describe obstacles and problems at different times in my life — elementary school, high school, college, work, coming over to America, attending an ESL school, earning an Early Childhood Education certificate, and studying in the Critical and Creative Thinking Program. In overcoming obstacles I show myself to be a resolute person. Lessons that I share with readers include grades are not everything, memorizing is not an effective way to learn, meditation helps me understand myself and be mindful, I enjoy learning with passion, plans and strategies are important for success, and thinking skills can be learned. I relate these lessons to the work of various authors, including Dweck, Perkins, Scharmer, and Tishman, The last chapter presents my plan to become a better thinker.