Metanopphakun journeyed to America from Thailand about two years ago in order to better his English skills. He believes that exposure to American culture will increase college and job opportunities within his own country. Alexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

Metanopphakun journeyed to America from Thailand about two years ago in order to better his English skills. He believes that exposure to American culture will increase college and job opportunities within his own country.

Foreign Exchange Student excels in new country

Every month The Feather will highlight one student recommended by a teacher and voted upon by staff members. Students are chosen depending upon several factors including and not limited to good grades, class engagement, positive attitude and special extracurricular activities.

The student of the month of October is foreign exchange student Krit Metanopphakun, chosen for his hard work and positive attitude by math teacher and Director of Academics, Michael Fenton.

“Not only is he a hard working student who does well in class (and color codes his notes and assignments), but every time I see Krit a huge, contagious smile breaks out across his face,” Fenton said. “It’s hard not to smile in return.”

Metanopphakun journeyed to America from Thailand about two years ago in order to better his English skills. He believes that exposure to American culture will increase college and job opportunities within his own country.

Upon his arrival, Metanopphakun noticed a distinct change in cultural norms, student teacher interaction and freedom of speech. He says that he enjoys the difference between the two cultures and revels in new found liberties here in the US.

“When we act or do something (in America) we don?t have to think about who they are,” Metanopphakun said. “We can even talk with teachers equally. It doesn’t matter how old you are here, we can talk and share anything we want to. Everyone understands what we are. I love when we share something and no one blames you.”

As a foreign exchange student Krit has encountered and continues to encounter several challenges typical of international students. In addition to the new atmosphere, language and culture he is separated from his friends and family in Thailand by thousands of miles.

“I miss them every day but I still have fun here,” Metanopphakun said. “I talk with my family everyday but it?s not face to face you know. Food is also a big thing; I love to eat but the Thai restaurants here just are not the same.”
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After spending a year of studies at Clovis West he decided to finish his senior year at a private school. Due to the recommendation of several family members and friends, Metanopphakun settled on the FC campus for the 2014-15 school year. Although Metanopphakun has attended the school for less than three months he appreciates the friendly atmosphere and has accumulated several friends

“I love FC because all of the students have good minds and totally care about each other, and they always help each other no matter what,” Metanopphakun said. “And all the teachers are also nice to me. They show kindness. I believe I love this school. It will be my last year but it changed my life.”

On his spare time Metanopphakun also enjoys watching movies, listening to music and hanging out with friends. His favorite sports are badminton and volleyball. He expresses great disappointment at the fact that FC does not yet have a male volleyball team.

Fellow foreign exchange student Olivia Tandadjaja, ’16, has become friends with Metanopphakun over the last few months. She says that he possesses a quiet but unique humor.

“He has a bubbly personality,” Tandadjaja said. “He is just always so positive. He?s hilarious; not like the telling jokes kind of hilarious but more of the laughing all the time hilarious.”

Metanopphakun enjoys both English and math at FC. He credits his appreciation of the subject to the insightful teaching methods used in the classes.

“I like English because (Andrea) Mrs. Donaghe is like the best teacher,” Metanopphakun said. “She?s so nice and helps me learn really fast. Mr. Fenton is also a kind person and teaches the class in a really professional way.”

After High School, Metanopphakun plans to return to Thialand, where he will attend a four year college and then determine his future profession.

For more features, read the Oct. 16 article, Get to know: Trevor Trevino.

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