Send Sara to Japan
I believe a degree in the Japanese language will give me a competitive edge in the job market. My primary degree is Packaging Engineering Technology, and Japanese will hopefully help me achieve my career goal: to work for an international packaging company that allows me to travel to, and possibly work in, other countries.
I am ecstatic to spend two months in Japan, surrounded by their culture and language! I look forward to expanding my horizons and meeting up with my Japanese friends, whom I've met at Indiana State University while they were studying abroad here. I have been to Japan once before in high school, and spent most of the time in Tokyo, but this time I will be on my own for the most part. I am very excited to see how much of the language I know and can read, especially when it comes to getting off at the right stops on the trains!
I’m looking forward to getting lost and stumbling across new places that I haven’t seen before. I also really want to travel to other parts of the country I did not get to see as much during that high school, such as Kyoto and Osaka, which are more culturally inclined than Tokyo.
I am enrolling in an intensive language program, two months is supposed to be equivalent to a year's worth of study, and it will cost approximately $10,000. This includes tuition, the plane ticket, books, and food. My parents and I together have almost $4,000 saved so far, and I am applying for scholarships. However, my parents will have to take out Parent PLUS loans to cover the difference because my loans are already maxed out for the school year.