On Oct. 1, Susan Day will begin her fall semester in Japan at Kibi Kokusai University in the Okayami prefecture, near Hiroshima. She will return to Findlay in August.
Day is a Japanese major from Canton who plans to graduate in 2015.
Day is one of only 71 U.S. recipients of a very competitive Bridging Scholarship for Study Abroad in Japan, through the United States-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF). The scholarship provides Day with the financial resources to study in Japan for the full academic year.
Day, who is half Japanese, originally chose to study Japanese so that she could communicate better with her family who lives near Hiroshima. Now, however, she is “going for a study purpose, and I’m on my own. I want to see how far I can get being on my own, rather than in the past, when I’ve visited with family.”
She also plans to improve her Japanese writing ability, as well.
The USJBF collaborates with the Bridging Project Clearinghouse at the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (Clearinghouse) to carry out its activities. Through the Clearinghouse, the USJBF actively recruits students to study in Japan.