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Studying Abroad in Japan


Posted on March 23, 2015 by By Kristy Poisson ’16.

Courtesy: Delaware Valley University My Semester in Japan
Courtesy: Kristy Poisson ’16 Kristy Poisson ’16

It’s 7:39 p.m. on Monday, March 23, and I’m sitting here thinking about my upcoming adventure in Japan.

For a long time, I have been fascinated by different cultures and languages, and have recently been infected by the infamous “travel bug.” When I became an English major at DelVal, it was with the intention of one day traveling to different countries and teaching English as a second language while expanding my knowledge and feeding my curiosity for world linguistics.

Japan has been the country at the forefront of my interest for several years, and so I began looking into different study abroad programs with the help of Matt Kaminski (Delaware Valley University’s study abroad coordinator). I came across the CIEE Company and instantly knew I’d found a match. With this program, I will be taking courses at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan while staying with a host family just outside of the city. This program will last for four months, from March 25 to July 31.

At the moment, I’m experiencing waves of excitement followed by some slight nervous jitters, but I’ve heard it said that if something excites you and scares you, then chances are you should do it. So tomorrow morning I’ll take that chance. I can’t wait for this adventure to begin.

Kristy Poisson '16 is a Delaware Valley University English major who is blogging about her semester in Japan for DelVal. Read her next post here