I’ve always been interested in studying different cultures and foreign languages, so when I saw that SVSU had several languages available, including Japanese, I knew where I wanted to attend.
At SVSU, I major in International Studies and Spanish, and minor in Japanese, History, and Sociology.
Studying foreign languages here at SVSU has been an great experience. I’ve had many really great classes that have helped me learn so much. In all of my foreign language classes, whether Japanese or Spanish, I’ve studied the language and culture of Japan or Latin America through video, literature, discussions often in the target languages. I’ve also had some challenging courses such as translation in Spanish and Japanese literature that I feel have really improved my skills in those languages. In addition, all the faculty in the MFL department have been helpful and supportive. They are always willing to answer questions about the work and are encouraging in future goals.
I also had the opportunity to study abroad in 2018 at SVSU’s sister university, Shikoku University where I studied Japanese language and culture including an indigo class, where I got to learn about a local art and industry. It really helped me improve my listening skills in Japanese especially when the class was entirely in Japanese and I didn’t always have someone that could translate. In addition, I was encouraged to travel throughout Japan during my stay so I also had the opportunity to speak and rely on my own Japanese skills, whether it was simply having a conversation or asking for help after getting lost, I actually got to put my what I learned into practice. I got to meet so many kind people and have lots of fun experiences all over the country.
Because of my experiences here at SVSU and abroad, I was able to figure my next step after graduation. With the encouragement of my professors in the MFL department, I applied for graduate school so I could continue studying Japanese and got accepted. In the fall of 2019, I’ll get to study Japanese as part of the Master’s Program in International and Regional Studies at the University of Michigan.
Class of 2019