- GPC: Early Childhood Education and Child Studies. Minor in Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students.
- Tokyo, Japan
- Organizations - Healthy Head Start exec board member, Susan Gray School volunteer, Vanderbilt Campus Babysitter, Asian American Student Association member, Global AmbassaDores, MOSAIC host
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Why I chose Vanderbilt:
I chose Vanderbilt because I was very interested in becoming a teacher. Vanderbilt has one of the top education programs so that made it immediately appealing. I also knew that I wanted a medium sized student population, lots of school spirit, an actual campus, all four seasons and close proximity to a city. Vanderbilt offered me every single one of those. I also visited before I applied and the hospitality, warmth, and friendly nature and energy of the tour guides and students on campus made me realize how much I wanted to be a part of this campus.
There's too many to choose from!! I'd have to say that all my classes were great, but my favorite one would have to be Mathematical Thinking of the Young Minds- MTED 2100. I usually despise math but this class made me fall in love with teaching it!
Three unusual or unique things about myself:
I have reoccurring dreams that involve snakes chasing me or being in my bed (not just one, over 10) :/
I am obsessed with Hawaiian turtles (honu), and ONLY Hawaiian turtles..
My citizenships are United States of America, United Kingdom, and Japanese, but my ethnicity is Asian: I am three quarters Japanese and one quarter Burmese.
Favorite spot on campus:
Peabody Esplanade- it's so beautiful and conveniently close to all my classes.
Where I see myself in 5 years:
Traveling all around the world and teaching poverty-stricken children how to speak English, as well as other curriculum. I'm not picky- I just want to be providing children who are less fortunate with the opportunity to learn.
What's playing on my iPod/MP2 player:
Drake, Rihanna, Boyz II Men, J. Boog, ThisSongIsSick.com
What myth about Vanderbilt frustrates you the most?
Greek life is everything on campus- there is well maintained balance with every organization/club on campus, and not "everyone" is involved. There are options for everybody!
What thoughts, preconceptions, or stereotypes might people from your country have about Vanderbilt and/or Nashville?
I've definitely heard a lot of people ask me what it's like being at an extremely preppy school with lots of fratstars, country music and no variation in ethnicity. There's also the idea that Nashville is in the middle of nowheresville, somewhere deep in a Southern hicktown.
Describe how your experience in Nashville and/or at Vanderbilt has confirmed or debunked this stereotype.
None of it is true! I've met so many different types of people in all my classes, and it's definitely not a population that is dominated by prepsters. We don't have a homogenous student population what so ever. There is a lot of country music but first of foremost, Nashville is MUSIC city, not COUNTRY city. You can find so many performances with a variety of genres. There are also many different student organizations that cater to each ethnicity, such as AASA, VUCA, MESA etc. Vanderbilt is a 5-10 minute drive away from downtown Nashville. We get the best of both worlds; Vandy campus and the city right down the road. We are in the South but once again, Vanderbilt has such a huge range of where students come from so not everybody is straight from the South. And even if they are, they are one of the friendliest people I know- Southern hospitality is the real deal. Chivalry is not dead down here.
To be a mermaid, Ariel was my girl!
To eliminate unfair education systems and provide every single child with the opportunity to go to school and get an education.
Babysitting my next door neighbor's infant after school when I was in middle school.
Chocolate covered orange sticks.
R&B, Soul, Hip-hop.
My third grade teacher, Ms. Jackson-Jin. The way she involved all her students in every type of activity, always giving us the space to grow and learn from our own experiences, was truly inspiring. I remember turning to her for all types of advice and she was one of the most generous, genuinely concerned and caring teachers I've ever had. We weren't just students, but individuals that she got to know over the course of the year. And one of the only teachers from 3rd grade that I still keep in contact with and visit every time I'm back home.