Tytus Simmons

Thailand

Hometown: Lecanto, Florida
School: Lecanto High
Sponsor District : District 6950
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of , Florida
Host District: 3330
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Sanamchan



My Bio


My name is Tytus, and I have the amazing and exciting opportunity to go to Thailand next year. I am currently in my sophomore year, and I am coming back to the United States my senior year. I’ll be spending my junior year abroad. As for my family, I live with two sisters, my brother, and my step dad and mother. I’m originally from Pennsylvania, and we moved down to Florida about 6 years ago. I moved down here when I was in fourth grade. In school, I participate in the Robotics club, in which I learned some mechanics and coding with robots, I am in the Pre-IB program, in which I take rigorous courses, and AP classes, and I am taking Guitar 2 in school as well, showcasing my passion for guitar. In my free time I enjoy reading a good book, or playing guitar, or practicing my martial arts. I enjoy working out too, whether it be lifting weights or jumping rope, I’m pretty open to try just about anything. Being an exchange student caught my interest when I looked at it from a different view. I looked at it from a perspective of what I could gain, and I can gain a lot from this experience, so I started my adventure to go abroad. I hope to gain a view of different cultures, and I hope to see how the rest of the world views the United States. I am very eager to learn the Thai language and I cannot wait to immerse myself in the Thai culture and to see what all Thailand has to offer.

Inbounds to Thailand

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Journals: Tytus-Thailand Blog 2019-20

  • Tytus, Outbound to Thailand

    This is my second journal entry, the outbound to Thailand, Tytus Simmons, from district 6950. As of now, the Corona Virus is causing us all stress. This unexpected turn of events has my trip cancelled, but this just goes to show that anything can happen while you are on exchange, either good or bad, it all counts to your experience. As of today, this is my last day with my second host family and I will be moving tomorrow. I have had some amazing experiences and I have had some saddening moments. Overall it has been eye opening and I suggest everyone who is interested to keep an open mind and be mindful of your decisions and others as well as they affect everyone. One of my best moments was spending a week with my Mexa on vacation with the family, a very memorable experience that allowed me to see what things to expect in Thailand and as well as be exposed to the culture. This also allowed me to practice my Thai as learning the language is an ever growing obstacle. While in Thailand I have to adapt to very different ways of living because here it is the exact opposite of the United States in most regards. It does take time before you adjust to all of the life styles here and it does take some open mindedness to accept these differences and adapt them to your personality. As much of the culture that you are learning, the people here who meet you are also learning and adapting to your culture. A good example of this would be an example with my amazing host family who helped me open up and who helped me speak a lot more Thai. They started getting me Western Food and I did not realize that for a long time and I was very humbled and happy at the thought that not only are they exposing me to their culture with their food and with their eating habits, but they are also helping me with comforting food in case the culture is too much to handle all at once. This just goes to show that no matter what you can enjoy your exchange wherever you may be. Lets talk about acceptance and being thick skinned in a sense, because in order to be an exchange student, no matter how much you learn and how much you know, being an exchange student makes you stick out, especially in Asian countries. Being here, every time I go out into the public, I get stared at, and that is just something you have to come to terms with and learn how to deal with on your own. This does not have to be a bad thing, however, you make what you want of the situation. You will get stared at, but some people will be brave enough to talk to you, and then you might just have made a lifelong friend, but you never know if you don’t try and this is how you could help yourself through exchange.

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  • Tytus, Outbound to Thailand

    So, my name is Tytus Simmons and I’m the outbound to Thailand, and it has been an amazing adventure so far. Let’s start from the beginning for those of you who are looking for something substantial to read, when thinking about exchange. I have never been on an airplane, so my first flight was out of Tampa International, to the Chicago O'Hare airport. Then from Chicago, I flew to Tokyo, Japan, then to Bangkok, Thailand. So I had around 24 hours in flights and layovers as my first experience. Not bad at all but the jet lag was terrible. The United States and Thailand, are now currently at a 12 hour time difference. So if it’s noon here, it is midnight in the States. But all of my host families met me at the airport and greeted me, which was awesome. On exchange there will be many downs, and sometimes you will think that there is nothing to do or that nothing will help. But then the next day comes around and it's the best day ever. There are many ups with exchange as well, you will see that your language will improve. Being in Thailand, Thai is one of the hardest languages to learn, hands down. But if you are persistent with your language then there won’t be an issue, it will just take time. I have been persistent with my Thai and I can see an obvious improvement. Language, is a big part of the exchange, but it is not all of exchange. There are many things that do not require the native language that can be an amazing experience. For me, living in the city of Bangkok, traveling around the city has given me many amazing experiences. I’ve traveled the country where I have seen so many amazing things that I will remember for life, and exchange has given me this opportunity to see all of this. One of my most memorable experiences, comes from hanging out with the other exchange students in my district, where we traveled to the north for Christmas and New Years. When we traveled there, I got to experience different things with everyone, that I will never forget. Barbeques and wooden Go-Kart races, everything that I had done with them was amazing. You get to meet those people who are in your same situation and can relate to things you are going through. All in all, exchange has given me a multitude of things that I will remember, and for anyone that comes here to Thailand, welcome, and don’t be scared to talk and learn. That is a big thing here, they talk fast and it sounds different, but listen for words you know, and build upon your knowledge for the future. Things to keep in mind when coming to Asia for exchange, if you have not been here already, there is a lot that is different here. Everything from food to restrooms, to how you eat. But, some things are better in that aspect, and you won’t know until you try it. So always try to say yes to something, you might enjoy something that you previously thought you would not enjoy.
    Sincerely, Tytus Simmons, Outbound to Thailand.

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