The thing I am going to miss about Thailand the most is the incredible food and how everything is really cheap. My favorite part about CRICS is how everyone takes care of one another and how it is such a family community. You can go to anyone at anytime and they will give you advice. All of the teachers are so nice and have helped me in many ways. Some of my favorite teachers are Mr. Brent, Mr. Morley, and Mrs. Julie. Mr. Brent and Mrs. Julie pushed me academically while Mr. Morley taught me that teaching is not just about educating the students academically, but a lot about communicating and understanding. Still, it’s so hard to choose a couple teachers that impacted me the most because every single teacher at CRICS loves and cares for all the students. I am so thankful for their hard work to help me grow as a student. Something that I wish I knew earlier on would be how great of a friend Pai is, so that we could have been friends earlier. My advice I would wish to give to my fellow CRICS students is don’t be afraid to try to do something hard. If you set your mind to it, you can do anything. And before you complain, try it and come up with a better solution. Complaining makes the situation worse. In the next year, I plan on supporting myself and others independently. While I don’t really have a goal yet, I would like to have one soon so that I would know which major to choose and activities to do. Please keep me in your prayers, so I could have a vision of what I want to do next.
As CRICS’s students grow, they are entrusted with more and more responsibilities. Upon reaching 6th grade, the students are put in charge of planning and running the biweekly elementary assembly. Tasks like this, added to the already heaping pile of responsibilities thrust on most young people around this time of life, can seem overwhelming and difficult if they are not prepared. This is why I decided to organize and direct a day-camp for our 6th grade students as a part of my path to Eagle Scout. The plan was for the kids to learn useful skills that can be used throughout life, like teamwork and first aid. The camp was held at a local hot springs campsite on March 19. It was a spectacular success. The students enjoyed playing games and learning new skills, not to mention the delicious food; thanks to Pii John. I would like to thank all the 711 troopers and parents who helped out. Special thanks to Mrs. Cindy Montzingo and Mrs. Jennifer Theis, who taught the kids environmental science and first aid. This camp, I hope, was the first of many that will occur every year, helping prepare young people for life.