Japanese Major, International Relations Major
Co-Founder and Vice President of AltJapan, Co., Ltd., a Tokyo-based company specializing in the localization and adaptation of Japanese content for English-speaking markets, including video games, animation, comic books, and toys.
A longtime interest in Japanese pop culture since I was a child.
My entire career is built on the language study I did at the UW.
The intensity and rigor was what struck me most. It was a demanding commitment time-wise. But a welcome one as I wanted to master the language.
Studying abroad both allowed me to apply the lessons I learned in class and develop new real-world experiences of the sort you can't learn from a textbook, particularly in such a highly contextual culture as Japan's.
I live in Japan, so I use my language skills every day.
While learning a language is incredibly empowering in its own right, it isn't a guarantee of employment in and of itself - it's important to cultivate and combine other skills with your language abilities for success.