“I feel like I have learned more about myself the past year than I have in the past 23 years…”
From Thailand to China, Nongnapas Nadia is discovering her passion in Boston. See why she has learned more this year than in the past 23 yrs.
Can you tell me about your background?
I was born and raised in Bangkok City, Thailand. However, my mother’s job temporarily moved us to Beijing, China for three years when I was 11 years old. That was where I learned to speak English and developed my international and diverse background. Since then, I have been attending international schools and completed a BA in Communication Management at Chulalongkorn University. I am currently in my second year of Graduate school at Emerson College in Boston.
Can you share an unforgettable story happened since you live in Boston?
The most unforgettable thing in Boston for me would be the people. I feel so lucky to have met the friends that I can truly call my family. Apart from the amazing city and top-quality education, Boston also gave me three best friends for life (yes that’s you Nuria, Ele, and Liz). Which is going to be really difficult when I have to go!
What is the biggest change you have?
Boston has taught me how to be with my self and enjoy my own company. Growing up in a traditional Asian family, my house in Bangkok included not just my immediate family members but also my grandparents and relatives. Although I enjoyed my family’s company, I never had an opportunity to be independent and be by myself. I feel like I have learned more about myself the past year than I have in the past 23 years.
Who/what was inspired you to become the person you are today?
My grandfather is my biggest hero. He is the smartest man I know with the biggest heart. He is one of the members in the Free Thai Movement during the WWII, a resistance movement in alliance with the U.S. government against the de facto occupation of Thailand by Japanese forces while he was a student at MIT. Later, he became Air Chief Marshall of the Royal Thai Military as well as a Foreign Minister of Thailand. Despite the many accomplishments he did for my country, he is the best grandpa any granddaughter could ever ask for.
Do you have any story funny, touching, or important to you that you’d like to share with us?
I was once lost in the empty streets of Miami at 5 am in the morning with no money and no one to call. My cousin took our only Airbnb key card to an after party after Ultra Music Festival and his phone died before we could find each other. I later found him wandering in the middle of no where, wasted, with a pizza in his hand, surrounded by homeless people. At that point, I owed the taxi driver over $30 and had no back up plans. I seriously did not know where I would end up if I hadn’t found him. However, the situation was too frustrating and funny that I could not get mad.
What are your passions in life?
I have a passion for traveling and the arts. I enjoy traveling to new places and going to museums. I also love to paint and draw myself. I am actually about to launch my own Instagram page: MyForestFriends, where I use as a gallery to publish my artwork.
On the other hand, my passion for traveling led my best friends and I to create an online store The Nomad Store (instagram:TheNomadStore) where we design and manufacture our very own backpacks for the wanderlust spirits!
What does Boston mean to you?
Home away from home.