Xin chào! Hello! Konnichiwa! My name is Phuong Tran, and I am originally from Vietnam. I am currently an undergrad at The Ohio State University majoring in Accounting and Japanese. When I came to America in 2010, I could not speak English well, so I had to spend a few years improving my English and getting a GED in order to enter college. Although it has taken me significantly longer than most to finish college, I have gained invaluable life experiences and have met many wonderful people along the way.

Thanks to FEA, I will be attending Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan during fall semester 2015. I will study Japanese and take business courses that focus on Japanese business culture and Japanese market. This program allows me to get academic credits for both of my degrees, and more importantly, gives me the opportunity to gain direct experience of Japan’s culture. I know that I will be very busy in Japan, and I can’t tell you how excited I am. I have made a long list of things I want to do in Japan, but now I am worried that I won’t have enough time to do them all. Upon my return from Japan, I will carry out a project at OSU to promote international education. My experience as an immigrant makes me realize the importance of cross-cultural communication, so I want to inspire my fellow students to go abroad and become immersed in a different culture.

Journal entries by Phuong

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