Keeratikarn "Nard" Uakulwarawat
2005-06 Inbound from Thailand
Date of Birth: January 23,
Hometown: Sakon Nakhon,
Sponsor: Sakon Nakhon Rotary Club, District
Host: Orange Park Rotary Club, District 6970, Florida USA
School: Ridgeview High School
September 17 Journal - "Before I came
here I thought it was easy to be an exchange student. But now I realize
that it is easy to be an exchange student but not to be a great exchange
November 20 Journal and Pictures - "I
like the beaches very much - it is like they are my friends and I think
that's because I can still see them even I stay in another part of the
January 2 Journal and Pictures - "New
Years was awesome. I liked the countdown part the best. I think it is the
only year that I can count down with all different nationalities in one
February 16 Journal and Pictures - "I
got like 5 months left and it's fast, like you blink your eye. The good
news for this journal is I'm gonna be back home soon and the bad news is I
don't want to go home this soon."
May 13 Journal - "At senior awards
ceremony, they did introduce me as a foreign exchange student; I remember
the applause that night - it made me never want to go back home."
a girl from a little country called " Thailand". My name is Keeratikarn and my nickname is Nard. There are five people in my family, my
Dad & Mum, my twin sister, Tipp - she is a Rotary exchange student to Canada
- and my little sister, Mona. In my opinion anyone able to be a Rotary
exchange student is a very special person. I would like to be a young
ambassador to promote Thailand, to be knowledge of other cultures, improve
my English , be more mature , increase self-esteem and learn how to adopt
American lifestyle & culture and anything else in line with me.
I arrived at Jacksonville airport at 8:00 pm on July 27th
2005. When I first met my host family, I was so excited and I was thinking
that they are people who I will be staying with for three or four months and
they would share my great experience in my great year too!!
September 17 Journal
Today is almost 1 and a half months since I have been here.
first week in Florida was interesting in culture and a bit missing home. I know that
it is a normal thing that happens with every exchange student so I was fine with
that but last week, I donít know why, I felt homesick and I cried. Luckily my
host mom helped me to feel better. I think I was lucky that I told my host mom
that I was homesick because she could help me. Everything seems to be nice at
this time and I hope it will be forever.
On my first days at school it's kind of hard to make
friends and study in English, but finally I've got some friends and it's
very good to have friends even if they can't speak my native language. At
school I take Culinary Arts, Journalism, US government, Pre-calc, English 3
and US history which are awesome classes - keep me busy everyday. School
here is different form my school, such as school starts so much earlier than
my school, so that made me sick at first school week. Between classes I have
to walk in 5 min to go to another class and my classes are so far away from
each other, sometimes I have to run or walk so fast. I think I donít need to
go to the gym because I can exercise while changing class.
American food is gonna make me fatter and fatter because I
like it and I eat lots. Not just food is gonna make me fatter - dessert is
so yummy and again I have it a lot.
Since I have been here my host Rotary Club gave me a great
opportunity to do and visit interesting places. I went to John F. Kennedy
Space Center with the president of my host club and her family. I had a
wonderful time that day, even though the weather was hot. And I went to a
Water Fun Park in Tampa, Fl that was a fun day with them. I would like to
say thank you for everything they gave me.
Not just will I improve my English here, I think I will
improve my cooking, ironing clothes, cleaning, and understanding people more
clearly than I used to do. Before I came here I thought it was easy to be an
exchange student, but now I realize that it is easy to be an exchange
student but not to be a great exchange student. Sometimes I want to do
something that I used to do when I was home but I usually tell myself that I
am an exchange student, I should not do that. Many good things and not good
thing happen with me since I have been here and no mom and dad with me - I
cannot cry with them or give them my problem, I need to deal with those
problems myself or ask my host to help if it is a big problem. But Iím lucky
I havenít had any big troubles ... hopefully it wonít happen.
I wish this year will be a greatest year of my life.
November 20 Journal and Pictures
This month was the last month, which I stayed with my
first host family. In the beginning of the month we went to Savannah,
Georgia, first city that the British colonials stayed in the south of US. I
had a great time with them. The weather was chilly in the morning we arrived
there. Around 8 AM we walked street to street so we could feel how they
lived and their life style. My host mum was telling me the history of each
place we went.
What about school? Well, there were nothing much happened
except some students dressed up for Halloween. At Halloween night I went to
trick and treat with my little host sister. I dressed like a witch that
night and I did pumpkin carving too. That was my first time and they looked
On Oct. 22 we went to DeLeon Springs. I had a great and
fun time with all exchange students - we played water in the pool (cold),
canoed, had breakfast and lunch together, that was awesome time. Every time
we get together is like an awesome time ever and I very enjoyed being with
I was still with my first host in the beginning of the
month. My host mum took her daughter and me down to St. Augustine, an old
town that has many places that interest me such as first school in US,
Turret. We had dinner at a Spanish restaurant there - the food was awesome
Nov. 5 it was time to move. Iíve moved from my first
family to second one. I was so sad to move. It doesnít mean I donít want to
move to my second host but I just feel sad because there were many great
memories that we had together.
Nov.6 I went to Jax beach with my host family to watch the
ďAir show.Ē I was so excited to go the beach. I enjoyed playing on the sand
and in the sea. I like the beaches very much - it is like they are my
friends and I think that's because I can still see them even I stay in
another part of the world.
I went to Gultenís b-day on Nov.12 - that was a fun
birthday party and we were spending overnight together. We were talking,
watched movies, and telling our life in here.
My 2nd quarter turned out I did a pretty good job, that
make me happy. This week I am so busy because we had School house rock show
at my school, RHS. I do costumes for this show, it was fun thing to do, I
enjoyed with some other people. It has been a while to do school house rock
show and now I can sing some songs in the show. The weather beginning to
cool down makes some of my time miss home and think of my friends at home,
even though people here is friendly, but what I think is every one and every
where is different. I canít even think when I leave here. I donít know it
took a long time before I leave so be happy and enjoy your life, Nard life
Haha. I am excited to go to Disney world and Christmas. Anyways, I have a
great time here and I will be so sad if I didnít do my exchange year with
Best regards (ka)
January 2 Journal and Pictures
Happy New Year 2006
- isnít it a great time to continue my journal!
1-4th, all of exchange students, Rotary exchange student committee and us
went to Disney World in Orlando, Fl. I enjoyed there so much, there were so
many that I wanted to do and especially I had new Rotary exchange
student friends from district in Miami even though we had just a couple days
together but we had a great time together. At the first time we arrived
Disney resort I was so excited to see and go play on any rides, we went to
MGM that late afternoon and I could see that not just me who was excited -
everyone all excited to see Disney park. That was such a wonderful time in
my life, we did a ride together, ate, swam at night and a lot of fun things.
At the first day it didnít make me tired a lot but, you know what, I have
learned something - that if you go to Disney world you better have a good
sleep every night and big breakfast, because after a few hours you will feel
hungry and tired that affected you from losing a lot of energy while you had
a ride. But it was good for me that my host mum told me before I went there
so I didnít have any problem about tired, but I was hungry every hour haha.
Dec. 8-12th, my first host family took me to Norfolk,
Virginia. That was so awesome and cold there. We went to Williamsburg, the
colonial town, before America has become a country. And museums and we went
to the navy ship museum that was cool I saw a lot of cool stuff. Something
very important to me happened at the restaurant, I was asking for a water of
glass and I said ďI would like a ďgrassĒ of water, pleaseĒ and he was like
"Umm.. What?" and I was so embarrassed myself and I repeated clearly again
ďI would like a g-l-a-s-s of water, pleaseĒ that was so embarrassing and
funny for me but that is all right, at least I know next time I go to
restaurant I will ask for glass not grass (I have a hard time pronounce R
and L in the middle of the word.)
Dec. 23-29th my second host family took me to Georgia and
Washington DC. It was fun and tired I know more how Americans travel and how
they tour around the city. I took a lot of pictures though. We went to the
White House and the capital but they not allow to take picture there so. We
were in the car around 7 hours to get home from NC.
New Years Eve was awesome. We had fantasy award but not
everyone dressed up. There were Kyoko, Taka, Pond, me and others. It was fun
though. I did a Thai dance show also, and I hope everyone likes it. There
was fire outside that we could have roast marshmallows and fireworks. I
liked the countdown part the best. I think it is the only year that I can
count down with all different nationalities around the world in one house.
February 16 Journal and Pictures
As you know
I got like 5 months left and it's fast, like you blink
your eye. The good news for this journal is I'm gonna back home soon and the bad
news is I don't want to go home this soon.
I have an awesome time with Rotary's friends at Seacamp
and enjoyed there so much. I was sad to say goodbye to our friends from
district 6990 but I keep my finger cross to meet them again, maybe not this
year but someday in the future. I really liked the skit and the thing we did
the night before we gone, it was reminded me when I was at the RARY's camp
The way we went to Seacamp that was the first time I see
the blue sea, I know that we have blue sea down south of Thailand but I
never been there. I was soooooo happy I can't explain. Thank you so much for
my host Rotary club, district and people in Seacamp that gave me a great
opportunity to go there.
A couple weeks ago I had birthday party with my host
family and friends that was so cool. Thank you Dad, mum, Emmalee, and
friends to make my 18th birthday party warm and happiness as my real home.
How it's going at school? I had a good time most of the
day at school but there was a few days that I was kinda bored. I have a
story to tell you guys, that was some Friday and on Friday we usually have
seminar in my English class which is good but the point is I said something
that made everyone in my class shocked, because my "R" and "L" frequently
are confused. Sorry that I can't tell you what it means (my friend told me
after class). I want to tell you this story to remind exchange student that
it really important to pronounce the language correctly. There were several
stuff that that can make me laugh every time I think about it.
Last week, we had culture night at my school, Ridgeview
HS. I dressed in Thai traditional costume that is so cool. Many people came
and asked me what country I'm from. I watched French and Spanish movies and
Ohh. my articles in school's newspaper last issue, I have
a good feedback from. I'm so happy that people like them. I'm doing for
drama's performance right now. It's kind of busy though but they help me not
to thinking the stuff at home. Well it's great to be an exchange student
this year, I got much more things than I expected to, I've got more
understanding with my family at home and friends. I'll tell the truth, I had
never said I love you to my dad until I got here and talked with him on the
phone. This is the thing that if I didn't do this program I maybe won't say
that to him, or I will but not the time that I still stay with them at home.
Let's be an exchange student.
Pictures from my birthday and Seacamp
May 13 Journal
Iím so excited to see new inbound who is going to take our
place. Well Iím going to graduate in May 19th. Iím so excited about it and
kind of sad that my school year gonna be over soon. I went to senior awards
ceremony this Thursday, I was so happy with class 2006 that many students
got awards, scholarships. I didnít get any awards, which made me a bit upset
because I usually get something. They counted four years average so I canít
get any awards. But they did introduce me as a foreign exchange student; I
remember the applause that night - it made me never want to go back home.
Since the last journal I have a lot fun thing to do with my friends. It may
be because we have known one another for a while so weíre closer.
Last Friday was the last day that everyone was at school
before senior exam next week which means some seniors donít need to go to
school anymore. By the end of my 2nd class (chemistry) they said good-bye
and hugged. I could saw that everyone was in blue. Can you believe that; the
same thing happened again in my 4th and 3rd period, which are another senior
In March I went on the eastern trip, which was so cool. I
got to meet Thai friends and other RYE. We all had a good time and shared
our great moment together. I do know myself that Iíve done something that it
will be in my memories forever and always there. I have made a good friend
and we will get together soon which is awesome. I donít have any word to
say; friend is always be an important thing for me and especially when I
make a good friend while I was in the camp or on the trip. Theyíre special
for me. Anyway, we went to many awesome states (New York city is my favorite
one). We got lost several times but we found out how to get back to the bus.
It was good experience for me.
Last week, there was a thespian week at my school and I
was in that thing. We were dress up and did thing that oldie told us to do
which was funny. I was newie. On Monday it was mime day, hardest one. One
Tuesday was toga day. My dress was almost fell apart during lunch ^__^. On
Wednesday was character day I was Mickey Mouse. On Thursday was oldie day,
which I need to dress liked my oldie plus I need to baked goods for my
oldie. On Friday was blue and gold day. Itís the official thespian colors.
And today is thespian induction ceremony; itíll be a lot of fun.