North Central College - Naperville, IL
East Asian Studies major

Studying abroad is central in East Asian studies. Kara has done it three times. “Why wouldn’t you want to do this? Studying abroad is life-changing and so easy to do.”

One study abroad experience took Kara to China and Japan for four months. A second involved five months at a university in Japan and one month at a high school where she worked as a Japanese/English teacher. A third landed her in Spanish-speaking Costa Rica.

“You see in real life all the connections and how culture is tied into the language.” 

On North Central’s campus, Kara meets with other students for Chinese tea in a professor’s office. “We discuss culture, philosophy, religion, language and learn from each other. We’re a small community with opportunities to be had.”

Her next step is full of options and will certainly involve East Asian culture.