An event that really added a new interest to my life was after my sophomore year of high school. It was when I went to Japan for the first time, it was through a program called the Kakehashi Project. The Kakehashi Project was a program sponsored by the Japanese and American government for the purpose of cultural exchange. There were 5 high school selected in both Japan and America, and within the schools there were approximately 25-30 students from each school selected. I was lucky enough to be selected by my Japanese teacher at the time. It was a 3-week trip to Japan, we spent 2 weeks in Tokyo and only one week in Okinawa. In Okinawa we did a homestay with one of the Japanese student’s family. It really opened up my word and made me fascinated with Japan and its culture. We even went to places such as the National Diet and got to tour some Japanese companies. It helped me realize how different business in Japan is compared to America. It inspired me to pursue a job that does business in Japan, which has led me to going for a double major in business and Japanese. Doing the Kakehashi Project allowed me to understand the culture of Japan and has allowed me to be able to more naturally interact with Japanese people. The Kakehashi Project really lit a fire within me to pursue something that I enjoy and allowed me to become a better person in life and in the business setting.