Majors: English (Literary & Cultural Studies emphasis) and East Asian Studies (Japanese focus)
Study Abroad: Hikone, Japan
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Blue Moon
Best Adjective to Describe You: Thoughtful
In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Japanese offers depth to many different interests, such as history, law, and cultural minorities.
What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
I have always been interested in Japan and came to the department wanting to prepare myself in the language for my time abroad. I’m always amazed by how little I knew before, and I enjoy how every class teaches me something new that I have never heard of before.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Pay attention when planning your schedule! Japanese language classes are only offered at specific times during the year so make sure to plan ahead and give yourself time if you need to contact a professor or the Registrar’s Office. It can seem difficult to make things work, but it is worth it!
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Studying Japanese makes me more aware of grammar patterns, literary devices, and how I speak and form ideas in English, which helps me be a more conscious writer.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Learning how to get the most out of my classes for my education yet not stress about every test and assignment is a necessary skill.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
I think my favorite class at K has been First Year Seminar Cyberpsychology taught by Professor Gary Greg, because it was a unique chance to learn about and discuss psychology through readings and my own experience without the trouble of pre-requisites; I feel like I learned a lot from Professor Greg and was also able to bring my own perspective to the discussion and be respected.
What is your SIP?
My SIP will use my ICRP experiences in Japan, as well as a small study here in Kalamazoo, as well as outside research, to compare the history of American and Japanese cultural exchange, gauge the current status of exchange while considering what values or interests shape this status, and suggest methods to grow this exchange.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I am considering a career in editing/publishing books, or one which allows me to travel to Japan a few times a year.