Hometown: Grosse Pointe, MI
Minors: Japanese and Business
Study Abroad: Hikone, Japan
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies & Cream
Best Adjective to Describe You: Inquisitive
In 10 words or less, why should someone want to be a part of this department?
Fun, interesting, good professors, meet interesting people, excellent study abroad
When did you know you wanted to study this area? What pathway led you to this department?
Coming to K, I knew I was going to study abroad and I decided on Japan and decided to continue my studies of the language and culture.
What is the best way to get (and stay) connected to this department?
The professors are very helpful and good keeping in touch through email. They will certainly make time for you. In addition, the small class sizes help people get to know each other and keep in touch.
What would you miss the most if you were no longer a part of this department?
The material is very interesting and the alternative cultural perspective is very valuable. Working with the professors and international students is a great part of the Japanese department. Many of the students in the Japanese classes are fun and interesting people.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I am probably going to work, possibly teaching English abroad, and attending grad school for psychology.
What has been the biggest surprise you have encountered at K?
Studying and living with other American students abroad, there certainly is a Kalamazoo College difference in the way we not only approach our studies, but with everyday life. Kalamazoo College students really do seem to have high awareness of being tolerant of others, exploring new ideas, thinking through problems, and looking at issues with objectivity while also being able to express their own opinions intelligently.
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
My interests in sports and music certainly helped me connect with Japanese students on my study abroad. I have been able to work my Japanese education and study abroad experience into my Senior Individualized Project.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
My sophomore seminar, in which we discussed the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki certainly drove home the idea that there are many viewpoints to any complex issue, that critical thinking is an important aspect of education, and that the values of social sciences and cultural studies encompass a wide range of topics, including history, psychology, political science, sociology, media studies, physics, and medical science.
What is your SIP?
I am currently working on an East Asian Studies SIP focusing on analysis of youth sports in Japan and the United States, specifically looking at High School Football and Baseball.