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  • Indu Merritt ’17

    I’m currently working on the JET Program as an ALT at a Junior High School in Sapporo, Hokkaido. I feel that learning Japanese at LC has helped me get to where I am today and has opened the door to working in Japan which was always a goal of mine. One of the many highlights from learning Japanese at LC was probably studying abroad in Osaka. LC Japanese language students are lucky in that we get 4 different Japanese study abroad programs to choose from! Studying abroad really helped with my language skills and created an unforgettable experience. 

     I studied abroad in Osaka at Osaka Gakuin Daigaku, and although the program was very language intensive, the fact that we got to room with other Japanese college students was amazing. It allowed my Japanese skills to really improve and since my roommates were other Japanese students it allowed me to make a lot of friends! Now whenever I visit Osaka I always have friends to go back to. 

     To me, the Japanese professors I had at LC were great and always made class fun but challenging. This really pushed me to study hard and really learn the language. Because of the wonderful experience I’ve had studying Japanese at LC, it has pushed me to want to learn more languages. I think it’s very important to at least try and learn more languages. From learning Japanese and studying/working abroad I definitely feel like my perspective on the world has widened and it has made a strong but positive impact on the way I think.

  • Hilary Oleson ’11

    Currently she is teaching English at an Eikaiwa (English conversation) school. She especially likes teaching shy kids because she is a shy person herself, so she knows how to get them to relax and be more active. She loves that the really small children, when they see her, sometimes start using the English words she taught them or hug her legs!

    While studying in LC, she studied abroad in Sapporo, Hokkaido. According to her, best things about Sapporo includes the cooler weather, the friendly people, no getting lost in downtown Sapporo, and the Snow Festival.

    When she didn’t think her Japanese was improving enough in Sapporo, she decided to join what turned out to be an extremely high-level Yosakoi team at the college. She roughly spent a third of her time practicing for the Yosakoi Soran Festival, and that was amazing for her.

    There are so many great things about joining the Yosakoi team! For one, it finally felt like she belonged at Hokusei Gakuen University. She would walk to class or lunch and have people to say :”Ohayo!” to. And her teammates really went out of their way to help her out so she could practice. She was really impressed by their commitment as well, like how all of them kept dancing even though many of them were injured.

    The fact that she had to use Japanese to communicate with most of her Yosakoi teammates increased her Japanese level so much!

  • Alia Carter ’10

    Alia is working as an information concierge and tour guide at the Nihonbashi Information center in Tokyo where she gives information for tourists, do tours, and things like PR and translations.

    Her mom is from Japan but she grew up speaking English so she always wanted to study Japanese one day. Since her high school didn’t offer it, she looked for a college with Japanese classes and a study abroad program to Japan. She was really happy with LC’s Japanese department. She would definitely say her Japanese learning experience at LC led her to her current job. Learning Japanese at LC allowed her to live everyday life and work in Japan and gave her the background necessary to succeed in her job.

    She does translations at work, so she finds a solid base in reading and writing Japanese she built in LC really useful. Also, she majored in East Asian Studies with a concentration on Japan. She believes that having a background knowledge of Japanese history, culture, and art is also advantageous since in her job she is introducing Japan to tourists who visit Nihonbashi, often explaining cultural and historical items during tours.

 

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