What made you decide to study Japanese?
My teacher encouraged me to major in Japanese because I did so well, and she thought I would be successful. In the end although I knew it would be difficult, I decided to major in Japanese and become a Japanese teacher because I had begun to tutor some students in Japanese 1 and 2 and thought it was really fun to find ways to teach and explain different points.
Why did you choose Findlay?
I chose to come to Findlay when I was studying abroad. At that time I
was a student at another University. I realized that my current program was not
preparing me to be successful in my major. I could only speak at an
Intermediate low level, I had a good grasp of vocabulary and grammar but I
wasn’t able to communicate. I knew if I went back I would not become a
competent speaker of Japanese. That’s when I decided to email Dr. Kawamura. I remember
getting something from The University of Findlay when I was a senior in high
school so I emailed him and we began to talk. We met in Nagoya, and I
eventually decided to transfer because I could tell that Dr. Kawamura had
strong expectations from his students. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but I knew it
would be best for my career.
What advice do you have for students who are intersted in studying Japanese?
I think from the beginning of your language study you need to start
considering how you want to use the language. Is this my major or my
minor, or just something I’m doing to learn about another country and language?
Is this something I want to use in my career? Do I want to do something
technical with the language like translation or teaching, or do I want to use
it to simply communicate? It’s important to try to figure that out as early as
you can, because that will honestly change how you study the language.
You will need a lot of patience. Language learning is not easy, there
will be ups and downs, but if you keep with it you will see yourself improve.
Be confident, have fun and study hard.
Graduated with double majors of
Japanese and accounting and MBA, currently employed by a
Japanese company, Nissin Brake Corporation. "The Japanese program
at The University of Findlay provided me with the opportunity to open
my mind, heart and soul to the world beyond my rural hometown of
Venedocia, Ohio. During the summer of my junior year, I worked in Japan
at Saitama Parts Co., Ltd. through an internship program sponsored by
the State of Ohio. By graduation, I had experienced more than most
people do in a lifetime. But that was just the beginning."
Graduated with double majors of Japanese and
Spanish, currently employed by Nikko Citigroup, Ltd. in Japan. "Hailing
from a small community within rural Ohio (Youngstown, Ohio), I would
have never dreamed of the opportunities that I have realized as a
direct result of the Japanese program at The University of Findlay. The
professors and teaching assistants truly opened their hearts and wisdom
to me in those four years, even granting me several opportunities to
see Japan first hand. Now, at the young age of 26, I have been living
in Japan for nearly five years. And my job, I can honestly say, is one
of international grandeur and one for which I now hold self-esteem.
With a willingness to learn and even be scolded and the effort required
to advance, I firmly believe anyone afforded the chances that UF has to
offer can move onto whatever he or she seeks."
Graduated with a Japanese Language Major and later earned an MBA from The Ohio State University. He is currently
employed at Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. in Detroit, MI as
Financial Analyst. "In a world of ever-increasing
globalization, the need to have understanding of and be able to
appropriately perform in multi-cultural environments has never been more
The Japanese Program at The University of Findlay provides
the tools, training and connections to begin on the path to success. I
suggest that one takes as much advantage of the opportunities afforded
by the program as possible. For example, through the UF Japanese Culture
Club and tutoring chances, I was able to build relationships that lead
to career openings and lasting friendships. The Japanese Program at The
University of Findlay is one the best programs for cultivating multiple
perspectives for living in the real world."
Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and a Masters Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
After teaching English for 6 years in Japan, Sean is currently teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) at The University of Findlay's Intensive English Language Department. She went
to Japan as an intern for Hop-Step-Jump Language School during her
Upon graduation, she taught at the school for two years followed by two years in the Japanese public school system. "My
dream was to go to Japan and teach English. Without the language skills
that the U of F Japanese Program gave me I would never have been able
to realize my dream. In teaching, communication is paramount and at The
University of Findlay I received the gift of communication and the ability to teach others how to communicate effectively. As a University of Findlay graduate, I feel that I
am equipped to handle almost any situation in my business and
personal life in either English or Japanese."