Tokyo Alumni Updates

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Updates received Spring 2015

Carly Mendoza, 2008 Fall - In the seven years since her study abroad experience in Japan Carly has become a high school Japanese teacher so she can give her students the same amazing experience that she had. Each summer, Carly and a colleague take high school students from Arizona to Japan for two weeks with a one week home stay and school exchange component. Many of our returning students are excited to study languages in college and to return to Japan via an exchange program like IES Abroad. Additionally, she works as a local coordinator for the Laurasian Institution, where her role is placing high school exchange students from Japan into homes in Arizona. “Without my study abroad experience with IES Abroad, I would not have considered becoming a Japanese teacher or becoming involved in study abroad and exchange programs myself. Thanks!”

Updates received Spring 2014

Annelise Giseburt, 2013 Summer – This summer Annelise had an internship with the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington. This coming semester she will be studying abroad in Kyoto and she can't wait to go back to Japan.

Updates received Spring 2014

Lindsey Wilson, 2012 Fall – After returning from a year abroad in Japan, living in both Tokyo and Nagoya, Lindsey is applying to cytotechnology school for medical cytology and cancer diagnostics. She graduated from Indiana University in August with a BA in Japanese language.

Eleanor Bennett, 2013 Spring – Studying abroad influenced Eleanor’s career plans. She wants to become a Japanese interpreter and has been studying hard to make her dreams a reality.  

Lauren Hurley, 2013 Spring – Laura recently graduated from Austin College in Sherman, TX in May 2014 with majors in International Relations and Japanese. She is currently looking to find a job teaching English in Japan for a year or two before pursuing an MBA.

Updates received Spring 2013

Corey Birkhofer, 2003 Summer – In the ten years since studying abroad in Japan, Corey met and married his wife from Hiroshima, became fluent in Japanese, worked professionally in Japan at several different companies in various fields ranging from English teacher, headhunter and career consultant as well as independent filmmaker and photographer. Last August, Corey returned to his hometown in Minnesota with his wife who received her green card to start a new life with him. Corey is now working for the family business and looking forward to raising their future children as bilingual and bicultural members of society. He attributes a lot of his success to those short yet very formative six weeks spent studying in Japan, staying with his host family and hanging out with his exchange pal friends who he is still in touch with to this day. But, “Most of all it is the lifelong memories from my time in the program that I will cherish forever.”

Updates recieved Spring/Summer 2012

Christina McLean, 2001 Fall - With 12 years of marketing experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, Christina serves on the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council and was selected to participate in the Forecasting World Events Project by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). Named one of DC’s “People on the Move” by the Washington Business Journal in 2011, Christina also received the 2011 EnVest Foundation’s “40 Under 40 Award” for professional and philanthropic achievement.