Yale University '18
Doshisha University (Exchange) 2016-2017
Sociology (intensive), with concentration in East Asian Studies
Chinese & French & Japanese Tutor at Yale University.
Two years of working with New Oriental Inc., the world's largest education/test prep company.
A summer with Philanthropy in Motion, a Hong Kong-based educational nonprofit.
Two years with Yale-China Association, a nonprofit focusing on facilitating better understanding between China and the United States.
Trip leader and president of Building Bridges, a student group providing rural Chinese students with English instruction.
Tips for learning English:
My biggest insight in writing came to me in sophomore year, when a professor told me, "a badly written paper is a paper done."
This is not to encourage sloppy writing - instead, it is to encourage you to keep writing, even if the first draft is not up to your ideal standards. Write something - anything - don't be afraid of making mistakes, and keeping working from there on.
Swarthmore College Class of 2019
I believe that the key to learning English is confidence -- confidence to practice English with native speakers, and confidence to continue practicing even if you make many mistakes along the way.
I started learning English in 4th grade, and I still remember how much I struggled to learn a language that was completely different from Japanese. Through this experience, however, I realized that one is bound to improve with practice. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect.