In 2011, An was in her third year at Cheupleung Witthaya School, when her teachers recommended her to become a Fund Isaan scholarship student.
An lived with her 65 years old grandmother and three cousins, she had no brothers or sisters. Her parents divorced when she was eight years old. An’s mother had since left and lost contact with her family. An’s father worked as a day laborer in Bangkok and sent some money (3,000 baht) home every month.