K. J. Lewis ’22

K. J. Lewis ’22 is from Pleasantville, New York. She’s a physics major and plans to study astrophysics in graduate school. She’s a member of the Mount Holyoke knitting and fiber crafts club, Knit Happens, and when not studying can often be seen looking at pretty fabrics or nice yarns.

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October 22, 2019

Reflections on studying abroad in Japan

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been interested in outer space, leading to my love of physics. And for years, I’ve had wanderlust for a more easily accessible destination: Japan, the home country of my aunt. My first semester at Mount Holyoke, in addition to classes in physics and astronomy (Force, Motion and Energy; The Sky), I decided to start taking Japanese. To pave the way for my dream trip and better connect with my aunt, who was so excited when I told her!

When I mentioned studying in Japan to my Japanese professor, Professor of Asian Studies Naoko Nemoto, she gave me a list of potential summer programs. I chose the Hokkaido International Foundation’s Japanese Language and Culture Program because of its proximity to Sapporo, the city my aunt is from.

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