We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
International Student Advisor.
I worked in the International Programs office as a drop-in advisor for a little more than a year before moving to my current position. Previous to GRC, I lived and worked in Japan for eight years. First, I spent 3 years as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET (Japanese Exchange and Teaching) Program in Shiga, Japan. Following that, I spent 5 years as the Director of International Education at Chuo University private high school in Yokohama, Japan.
Needless to say, I love Japan, and I love education!
What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was an exchange student myself when I was in high school and college. When I saw the opportunity to give back to this community as an advisor, I knew it was my calling! It has been a long road, but I’m so excited where it has taken me.
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I actually have only driven to work 2 times in the last year and a half. Normally I ride my bike, or I bring my bike on the bus and ride home. Regardless, I listen to a variety of Japanese bands (Jam Project, AKB48, Linked Horizon) and also enjoy listening to movie sound tracks (Gladiator, The Last Samurai, pretty much anything Hans Zimmer).
What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job was as a paper boy.
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
The opportunity to have an impact on the lives of my students is the most exciting.
What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to learn as much as I can about the entire process of recruiting, educating, and ultimately transferring our great students, and how I can improve that process for all parties.
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
I’ve learned to speak and write Japanese at a high level, although I still have a long ways to go. I’ve educated myself about personal finance to a high degree, so I know how money works. Finally, I’ve developed a philosophy where I don’t really let life get me down even when things aren’t going my way.
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I can’t even imagine. J
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I’m pretty good at Rocket League. J
If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Great Respect Eventually Earns Notice