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Sara Ramirez


Hometown: Chicago, IL
Majors: East Asian Studies and Psychology
Minor: Japanese
Study Abroad: Kyoto, Japan
Best Adjective to Describe You: Adventurous

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The Japanese department helped me learn more about a completely different culture and in the process I also learned more about my own cultural background.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Take advantage and ask questions early on if you are interested in studying abroad in Japan. That way you can have a better idea of prerequisites needed and other options.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Procrastination is never a good idea.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K was Developmental Psychology with Dr. Tan. The knowledge that I learned from the textbooks I was able to apply it when our class wrote a book with students from Woodward Elementary.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I took advantage of the ability for me to have a double major. I knew I wanted to major in Psychology, but I knew that I also wanted to study East Asian Studies. The K curriculum made it easy for me to take advantage of both my seemingly unrelated passions. Also, I was able to study in Kyoto, Japan for a year.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
My first year and sophomore year I volunteered at El Sol Elementary.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Volunteering at El Sol Elementary and my part-time job made me realize that I enjoy working with children. After K my next step is to return to Asia to teach as English teacher.

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