Attending Florida International University Originally from Florida, United States Studying in Japan (Summer)
Konnichiwa! My name’s Shonda and I’m majoring in Computer Information Technology (Software Development Track) at Florida International University. I’m also earning a minor in Japanese Language and Literature, as well as a certificate in Japanese Studies. I currently work as an undergraduate researcher at the High Performance Database Research Center at FIU. After years of fantasizing about traveling to Japan and actually experiencing the culture for myself, I will finally go to the land of the rising sun, where I will be studying Advance Japanese II. This is a dream I’ve had since I was a child, when my love for anime and manga (Japanese comics) blossomed and transformed into a true appreciation for Japanese culture, and ultimately found its way into my academic and future goals, such as aspiring to work for Nintendo. When I’m not studying, I enjoy drawing, playing video games (especially ones made by Nintendo), and spending time with my mom and five (!) siblings.
This summer, I will be studying abroad at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto for a five week intensive language and culture program. This program has so many unique aspects, such as cultural exploration and a buddy system! The best part about my time abroad is that I will get to experience every last minute of it with my best friend; my identical twin sister. Traveling abroad will be a totally new experience for me, so I’m excited that we will both get to study abroad for the first time together. After our five week stay, my twin and I plan to stay an additional week in Japan, where we will have the chance to explore beyond Kyoto. Our plans include a visit to Hiroshima, Nara, and a few days in Tokyo. Yatta (Yahoo)!