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My name is Yoshi. I'm studying business operations management at the Kelley School of Business. So I was born in Osaka, Japan. That's the second-biggest city in Japan, and right after I graduated from high school, I wanted to study business. Human interaction is very important for me. Communicating with people, I value a lot. So if I'm not included in that community itself, my life would be miserable for sure. So I came to the states three-and-a-half years ago. I started school in Poughkeepsie, New York. And at that time, I couldn't speak English, the part of reason because we did not have really good English education in Japan. So I couldn't speak English three-and-a-half years ago. I got to all those student events and stuff, and I tried to get into the circle, tried to join class discussions. But I can't get in, because it takes time for me to understand, comprehend what people say. And it takes time for me to form a sentence in a different language. So I went to cafeteria every day and asked people, hey, do you mind if I sit at table, you know, if I have lunch with you? And just sit at a table randomly and start talking to people, meet people, make friends, and try to talk as much as possible to improve my English. And at some point, I met this guy Kreshnik (sp?) who was the vice president of student government. And he said, hey, do you want to meet people, like do you want to meet people who are very interested in, you know, interacting with you and, you know, might be curious about you? And I'd be, sure. They were very, how to say, patient. They waited for me to form a sentence, join the conversation. They valued my opinion, and that was a time that my English wasn't that great at that time either. But I felt that I was included when I first went to student government meeting and met all those people who valued my opinion, although my opinion itself wasn't formed in perfect English. Understanding how people think from different background will help native students or international students understand each other more. Yeah, one thing I love about this size of campus itself is that you never end meeting new people. You always make friends, every single day new people.