High School Students to Japan: Student application

Galen Walkup  (Girl)

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Contact information
Family information:

Parent / guardian: n/a
Parent / guardian: n/a

Street Address:

Denver, CO

Personal information

High school: East High school
Graduates in: 2016
Birthday (yyyy/mm/dd): 1998/06/04



Japanese teacher: Asako Tsutsui
  email: asako_tsutsui@dpsk12.org
  phone: 720-423-8348

First reference: Traci Binford
  email: traci_binford@dpsk12.org
  phone: 720-423-8477

Second reference: Mark Ajluni
  email: mark_ajluni@dpsk12.org
  phone: 303-877-3752


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Hobbies and special interests:

My hobbies are making short films and cinematography. I also sing and play guitar and make song covers on my youtube channel. I really enjoy drawing and painting! I am currently building a portfolio to become a tattoo artist, and designing tattoos for adults. I am a videographer for an energy healer and a tarot card reader/ psychic. I also love writing short stories and poetry. I practice poi in my room between study breaks, and in the summer I spin fire.

School and community activities:

Link leader for incoming freshman at East.

Special achievements:

One of my films was selected to be in a film festival in Barcelona.

Trip-related background
  • Japanese language ability:
    • Conversation: Intermediate
    • Reading: Intermediate
    • Writing: Intermediate



  • Previous travel experience:
    • I have not yet traveled outside of the U.S, but I travel between my parents homes frequently! My Dad lives in West Virginia, and my mom lives here in Colorado. I fly alone all the time. Ive dealt with missed/delayed flights before. I think that when things accidentally go wrong, it makes the trip more interesting.



What I like about Japan / Japanese culture:

My favorite thing about Japanese culture is the language! I joined Japanese class because I was a huge anime fan. I still watch anime a lot, but I really love learning and speaking Japanese. Its become really important to me and something I am very proud of. I like to incorporate the Japanese that I learn into my artwork.

What I hope to get from this adventure:

From this adventure, I hope to get a new experience. It has always been my dream to go to Japan. I want to travel to many places, but Japan was the first place I wanted to go. I never felt ready to go in the previous years, but now that I'm a senior, I feel like I am mature enough to handle such a big trip! My life is about to get crazy after I graduate, and this is such a big opportunity for me, so I really want to go. I want to mark it off my bucket list, but really I want to experience it and enjoy every moment of it.