I grew up in a small town in Virginia. I knew before I entered college that I wanted to pursue an international studies major with a focus on Asia, and in specific Japan.
Washington College was able to cater to both of these wishes. My freshman year I was lucky enough to be able to participate in both the Yale Model U.N., which was an amazing experience, and the Senatorial Colloquy, an equally eye-opening experience. The second semester of my sophomore year I was able to go to Japan and study for the spring summer semester at Meiji Gakuin University, right in the heart of Tokyo. I will never forget the time I spent in Tokyo, and I really fell in love with that city. I hope to go back to Japan sometime in the near future, both to learn more and hopefully to work. My junior year has been a bit of a transition period. However, I am looking much forward to my senior year and my thesis (funny thing, looking forward to a thesis), which I am hoping will be on Buddhism and its effect on politics in various countries in the region. I have really enjoyed my time at Washington College. It’s a wonderful school with wonderful teachers and staff, and it has given me opportunities I would never have experienced otherwise.
- Major: International Studies
- Concentrations: East Asian Concentration and Global Business Concentration
- Language: Intermediate Japanese
- Study Abroad: Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan
- Pending Internships: Washington D.C.
Q & A
Future plans? I would like to go into government work. My ultimate goal would be the NSC or the State Department, but these are very competitive fields. I would also love to take any experience I might get from an internship with Senator Warner and work on Capital Hill as a Senators aid. The nice thing about an International Studies major is that you have unlimited opportunities available to you after graduation. I look forward to seeing where my career will lead me.