Asian Studies Program Opportunities

Jenna at The American University of Antigua College of Medicine in NY.

Jenna Lenz 11 at The American University of Antigua College of Medicine in NY.

Jenna Lenz ‘11, Graduate Admissions Officer

Major: East Asian Studies

Study Abroad: Associated Kyoto Program

Employer: Admissions Department, The American University of Antigua

The Asian Studies Program gave me a lot of great opportunities, but none was more influential than my time in Japan through AKP (Associated Kyoto Program). Being able to live abroad for a year, fully immersed in the language and culture, was incredible. At times challenging to be sure, but I learned a lot about myself and had great chances to experience some of what I was studying.

Classes like the History of Kyoto allowed me to explore the city and see first-hand what I had been writing about. I was also fortunate to have a supporting and open host family. To this day, my host mother and sister keep in contact. I may not have the chance to practice Japanese regularly anymore, but it's good to be able to connect.