University: University of Rochester
Major: International Relations and Japanese
Languages: English, Japanese
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Biography: I am pursuing a triple major in Japanese, History, and International Relations. My interest in Japanese and the international political community stems from my concern for the global population rate, which I firmly believe to be unsustainable. This is not to say, however, that my interest in Japan and politics is superficial in the sense that it is solely due to population growth.
For the past few years, I have been acquainting myself with Japanese culture and political theory through independent research, and I have come to appreciate the value each holds for real-world applications. Because of this, I plan to enter the Foreign Service upon obtaining my highest degree, and, once placed in an Embassy, I will work my way up toward the position of Ambassador. This is my ultimate goal, and I do not intend to let anything stand in the way. At the University of Rochester, I am involved in several club activities. I am Vice-President of the Modern Languages and Cultures Undergraduate Council; Spirit Chair for Sihir Belly Dance Ensemble, which in addition to dancing, raises awareness about Middle Eastern culture; and a general member under several other clubs. I am likewise conducting research on American regional tensions with a professor here at the University.