Thammika Songkaeo

"I am changing the assumption that development must mean the acquisition of more and more things."


School: Penn Graduate School of Education


Born in Bangkok, Thailand, but with a childhood also in New Delhi, India, and Los Angeles, California, I was surrounded by people of different cultures and thoughts. That life made me see that there are no absolute right or wrong answers in the world. There are only perspectives and arguments, and what happens in the world depends on what is argued and how it is argued. After graduating from Williams College, where I learned to use words to effectively convey my opinions, I became determined to empower other students by improving their argumentation ability. I believe that articulation is crucial for a democratic society, and I am working toward a world where more individuals can shape their society.