Hector Santiago

Attending:Brookdale CC
Studying in Japan (Fall)
Hector was an FEA Scholar in the fall of 2012. He studied abroad in Japan, going back to Japan to take part on the JET program after graduating from Brookdale Community College, and later going on to earn his MA in International Education at SIT. He currently works as a study abroad advisor at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey and runs his own business.

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(From 2012)

Hello. こんにちは。My name is Hector Santiago. 僕の 名前は、ヘクター サンティアーゴです。I am a 23 years old and am a student at Brookdale Community College and Kean University. I come from a low-income family and have yet to experience life outside of New Jersey. I have travelled to Florida before because my best friend lives there, but otherwise have not been out of New Jersey much. It would be a great experience to go to Japan and study a culture that interests me so much. No one in my family has ever travelled outside of the country either so it would be a chance to help move my family forward.
I will be studying in Tokyo, Japan at KCP International Japanese Language School from October until December. During my time in Japan, I will be studying Japanese language and culture as outline in the course description of KCP’s program. I have heard that KCP has a community service club that I would like to be involved with. In addition, I will be video recording my experience and making a video to show other students upon my return from Japan. I’m looking forward to every aspect of this trip. It is all new to me and I am very anxious to go.
When I wrote my first letter to FEA for this scholarship, I was still having trouble deciding my major and how this study abroad would be relevant to it. However, over the last few weeks, I’ve decided, with great excitement, that I will pursue my B.A. degree in Asian Studies. What better way to study Asian history and culture than to be there? With the experience I get from this program, I would like to, if at all possible, start a Japanese program at Kean University when I graduate because there is none as of yet. This is why I am studying abroad through Brookdale Community College. My other interests include music, racquetball, and Goju Karate.

Journal Entries By Hector

Journey to JET

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Posted on Oct 30th 2014

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Updates (and a surprise)

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Posted on Jan 21st 2014

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Thinking about the Future

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Posted on Apr 21st 2013

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Holi Festival – Spring 2013

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Posted on Mar 29th 2013

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Global Kitchen

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Posted on Mar 21st 2013

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My Time in Japan (In A Nutshell)

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Posted on Mar 13th 2013

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Bright New Future for Energy in Japan?

Scholar: Hector Santiago

Posted on Mar 13th 2013

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Ongoing Conflict

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Posted on Feb 24th 2013

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5 Tips for Language Study Abroad

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Posted on Feb 24th 2013

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The World is My Backyard – A Tale of Growth and Experience

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Posted on Feb 18th 2013

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I’m Famous!!!…Just Kidding.

Scholar: Hector Santiago

Posted on Feb 16th 2013

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Cans of Air…Get’em While They’re Fresh!

Scholar: Hector Santiago

Posted on Feb 14th 2013

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Surprise!!!

Scholar: Hector Santiago

Posted on Dec 25th 2012

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明日㸠– “Ashita e” (Towards Tomorrow)

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Posted on Dec 21st 2012

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“Stretching Your Yen” – A Survival Guide to Study Abroad in Japan

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Posted on Dec 15th 2012

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Watching the sun set…

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Posted on Dec 15th 2012

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How time flies…

Scholar: Hector Santiago

Posted on Dec 02nd 2012

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Healthy Living

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Posted on Nov 13th 2012

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Half-way through…

Scholar: Hector Santiago

Posted on Nov 11th 2012

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Student Festival and Miki-chan’s Musical

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Posted on Nov 11th 2012

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Jidai Matsuri in Asakusa

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Posted on Nov 11th 2012

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A Purrrrrfect Day.

Scholar: Hector Santiago

Posted on Oct 23rd 2012

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Kamakura Trip

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Posted on Oct 21st 2012

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Another one bites the dust…

Scholar: Hector Santiago

Posted on Oct 19th 2012

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One Down

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Posted on Oct 13th 2012

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Chasing Daylight

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Posted on Oct 08th 2012

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12 hours to launch

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Posted on Oct 06th 2012

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Planning for the Future

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Posted on Aug 31st 2012

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6 Week Stand Still

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Posted on Aug 22nd 2012

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