How a study-abroad experience charted the course for Alumna Kristine Tuazon
For bt365体育 alumna Kristine Tuazon, one semester stands out in her memory above the rest. It not only impacted her intellectually – it changed her perspective and the way she lives her life, and it has guided her direction ever since.
As an undergraduate student at the bt365体育 with a knack for language and an interest in Japanese culture, it was a natural choice for Tuazon to double major 在英语和日语。
Her Japanese studies professor, Poong-Ja Toyoko Kang, had informed the students that taking time to study at one of the bt365体育’s six partner universities in Japan would greatly advance their command of the language and further deepen their 赞赏和理解文化。
So Tuazon seized the 机会 and enrolled for a semester abroad at 冈山大学.
“Being a student is really a window of 机会 to learn and experience,” Tuazon said. “It challenges your preconceived notions and really forces you to reflect upon yourself, your relationship with other people, your surroundings, and the world at 大“。
Tuazon experienced the Japanese language and way of life firsthand and was able to put her Japanese language skills into practice on a daily basis.
“It gives you time to actually grapple with the language and culture in a very personal 这样，“她说。
Throughout the semester, she was able to connect her concrete knowledge of the culture to a broader appreciation and application, and a vision for her future began to take 形状
Following her graduation from the bt365体育 in 2015, Tuazon knew she wanted to continue her studies in Japanese language and culture. Professor Kang informed her of a Japanese government scholarship available to students who are highly proficient 在日本的语言。
Backed by a semester in Japan at 冈山大学, Tuazon submitted a competitive application for the scholarship. She remembers almost backing out of the application
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In addition to the initial two-year scholarship award, Tuazon later received a two-year extension and was able to complete her graduate degree under a full four-year scholarship.
Tuazon’s studies focused on Japanese narratives and literature.
“Japan is an amazing country with rich history, culture, and language that is a treasure 宝库学习研究，“她说。
In 2019, she graduated from Sophia University with a master’s degree in global studies 着眼于日本文献。
She said the incredible discoveries and experiences she has had along the way have been well worth the work and have paved the way for an exciting future.
Since completing her master’s degree, Tuazon returned to Guam to continue working in the vein of Japanese culture. Her mission now is to share her knowledge and love of Japanese culture with the business world and help companies to connect with potential Japanese clients through relatable social media and digital marketing.
“My language ability and understanding the nuances of Japanese culture and business culture have been very key. The time I spent in Japan is a great asset,” she said. She also said she believes that by telling stories the Japanese population relates to, more Guam-based businesses can connect to and forge a bond between their services 和日本客户。
In her long-term plans for the future, she hopes to return to and live full time in 日本。
She said she strongly encourages any student considering UOG’s student exchange program to join because, as for her, it just might chart the course of the rest of your life.
The best time to get information about the application procedure is at the beginning of a semester, one semester prior to the semester you want to be exchanged.