Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, Citizenship Award, Placed 2nd at Naga Jiu-jitsu
tournament, Self-taught amateur Python programmer.
Japanese language ability:
Previous travel experience:
I have lived outside of the United States for the majority of my life. I have lived in South Africa,
Dubai, Switzerland, London, and Bahrain. I have also visited Cambodia, Italy, Malaysia, Oman,
and France. I enjoy travel very much because it enhances and expands your mind and mentality
through personal experiences. I also believe it is important to learn about and understand cultures
outside of my own, as well as develop relationships with people within those cultures.
What I like about Japan / Japanese culture:
I am interested in the traditional aspects of Japanese culture and how the Japanese people
maintain their culture within the modern world. I would like to witness how tradition and modern
society and technology interact in a country with such an emphasis on its own history.
I have always been fascinated by the Samurai and Bushido, and I would like to see how those
same values are implemented into Japanese society today. Old Japanese myths and legends have
always interested me, as well as the Japanese language itself because of its complex writing
What I hope to get from this adventure:
I hope to improve my Japanese language skills (I taught myself Japanese for a year before finding a
school that offered it and transferring there to study) as well as gain a more personal and in depth
understanding of Japanese culture. I would also like to establish friendships and relationships with
the people I will be fortunate enough to meet along the way.