Jasmin Tajdari

 Thailand

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
School: Leon
Sponsor District : District 6940
Sponsor Club: , Florida
Host District: 3330
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Samutsakhon


My Bio


Sawadeeka! Hello! My name is Jasmin Tajdari and I will be living in Thailand for the next year of my life. While abroad, I hope to see and experience an endless amount of new things, make new bonds/relationships with new people, and most importantly learn. When my year comes to an end I hope to be able to identify with Thailand as a second home for me. I also hope that I will have made amazing memories that last a lifetime and make up the stories that I will tell over and over again. As far as what makes me who I am... I am currently 17 years old and a senior at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida. I have somehow managed to live my entire life in the same city and the same house. I grew up in a family of 6 people and am the youngest of 4 kids. I have an older brother, older sister, and a twin sister (who is a minute older than me). I participated in gymnastics and ballet when I was very young. Now however, the only sport I play is soccer which I started when I was 7. Music is quite big in my family and has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. I have played the piano since I was 7 and the flute since I was 11. All of my siblings are skilled at a wide variety of musical instruments and happen to also sing (I didn't quite get the gene). I am beyond excited and cannot wait for the experience that is in store for me. I owe all of my thanks to Rotary for gifting me with such an amazing opportunity. Thailand, here I come!

Journals: Jasmin-Thailand Blog 2017-18

  • Jasmin, Outbound to Thailand

    Today officially makes 4 months in Thailand for me. I would like to use this journal to talk about my personal learning experience while on exchange. I graduated from high school before leaving for exchange. I even got accepted into college but am not enrolled anywhere as of right now because I did not want to take online classes. My year abroad is serving as a gap year for me and I honestly don’t think that there is a country better than Thailand to be doing a gap year in. Before I came to Thailand I thought that every school would be like the stereotypical rigorous Asian school. However, I now know that in Thailand not every school is like that. Here is a little similar to the United States. You have public schools, which I and every other exchange student I know attend; private schools, which are more like the stereotype; and international schools, which are insane and like the private schools of private schools. I was scared that I would be attending a very strict school here that wouldn’t let me learn what I wanted to and made me very stressed about homework or tests. Luckily though, I got put in the most perfect school in the world for me. I attend โรงเรียนสมุทรสาครวิทยาลัย (Samutsakhon Wittayalai School) in มหาชัย, สมุทรสาคร (Mahachai, Samutsakhon). Surprisingly none of my host families live in the same city as my school so I must take long bus rides my entire exchange to travel to and from school. I would not want to go to school anywhere else though. This school is perfect for me because of the amount of freedom they give me when it comes to learning. For my first semester here the faculty picked my schedule. I only took electives because the school was aware that I had already graduated from high school. I got to learn traditional Thai dance, Thai ballroom dance, traditional Thai music, traditional Thai art, Thai cooking, Thai handicraft, Thai culture, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, badminton, and ping pong. This schedule allowed me to branch off and learn new things instead of sitting and relearning material I already knew in math, science, or English. The big surprise and cherry on top was realizing I never was given homework, tests during the semester, or exams at the end of the semester. I’m able to learn at my own pace without any stress at all here. Also, the freedom I’m given allows me to focus on learning the language a lot which I love the most. My school provides me with about 5 hours of Thai language lessons a week, my district provides me with 1 hour of Thai language lessons everyday after school, and the rest I study on my own. My first semester here was an absolute dream come true and so much better than I could have ever imagined. Currently, I’m more than a month into my second semester. Everything is pretty much the same as my first semester except this time the faculty let me pick my schedule. I thought it would be best if I took math and science classes to ensure I didn’t forget everything I had learned in high school before going to college. Now I learn, calculus, biology, chemistry, soccer, futsal, Thai ballroom dance, Thai language, Thai culture, Thai handicraft, and traditional Thai music. I take a lot fewer classes than last semester because I knew I would need time to start re-applying to college and I’m able to see my friends at school more too. I have learned a lot thanks to the freedom my school gives me. I still have a lot more to learn but I’m sure I’ll be able to learn everything I want and more at my school.

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  • Jasmin, Outbound to Thailand

    Wow! Okay. Let’s do this, my first journal entry. สวัสดีค่ะ (hello). That was one of the very few phrases/words that I had known when I embarked on my journey over two months ago. Having never left the United States before, I remember stumbling into the airport in Bangkok and being so intrigued by the new sights and sounds like I was told I probably would be. I was not so intrigued by the slightly unpleasant odor however. After a few hours of aimlessly wandering and trying to get some help I was able to locate my host family and really begin my new life. I vividly remember our rather long walk through the airport towards the car. We reached the edge of the airport, the sliding glass doors opened, and all I felt was this unbearable heat that surrounded my entire body within seconds. I did imagine what the heat would feel like beforehand and can honestly say that I greatly underestimated it. I started sweating profusely and my host family taught me my first thing in Thai, ร้อนมาก (it’s very hot). From then to now I’ve experienced and learned so much in such a little time. Within my first day I had the realization of how much food I’d be eating when one of my host sisters and I ate both breakfast and lunch with a five minute break in between. I would not recommend anyone attempt that unless they have a professional/experienced person like my host sister with them. Within four days I had found one of my absolute favorite places in the entire country. Some people from my host family are very serious runners and go to this amazing park about three times a week. I on the other hand do not like running and only go with them because of how beautiful the park is. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to be in excruciating pain anywhere else than there though. Within a week I had met the other exchange students and instantly made twenty new friends. Within two weeks I had started school where I met hundreds of new people and learned what it feels like to be a celebrity a little. I actually got about three hundred new Facebook friends and about two hundred new Instagram friends in my first week of school. After about one month of school I still have people all over campus saying “hello” and taking photos. Within one month I learned to read and write Thai. In my opinion I got extremely lucky in that my Rotary district wants to ensure that we learn the language. As a result, I take multiple Thai language classes in school and have Thai tutoring everyday for at least an hour.Now, two (almost three) months in I’m already on my first Rotary trip and about to get on a three and a half hour ferry to go live on an island for a few days. I can’t believe everything I’ve done and how much time has gone by so far. Cramming everything experienced in two months on exchange in these journals is absolutely impossible. This first one is a little hectic and unorganized but hopefully my next one is better.

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