I started my journey Seisen when I was four years old and have been here ever since. Though an American citizen, I do not consider America "home" as I have not lived there long enough to be familiar with American culture. Though I am half Filipino, I grew up distant from the language and culture. In the place I do call home, Japan, my guise distinguishes me as an outsider from my ethic mix. The only place I have come to fully identify myself with is Seisen, where girls like me represent an array of cultural backgrounds which makes it such a great school. In my experiences on sports teams such as volleyball and basketball and working in leadership positions in groups such as the Student Council or the National Honor Society at Seisen, I have learned to work with people with an open mind, as culture is not the barrier that differentiates people: it is the mindset, the preconceptions that one may hold.
Like the boundless world of international culture, I have always been drawn to the proliferative world of science. As innovation in technology and research continues to grow, so does our understanding of ourselves as we aim to predict and control human behavior. I aspired to be a part of this limitless world of science at a young age as I dreamed of becoming a doctor, with initial thanks to my parents who, like most parents, half-jokingly claim their daughter as the next great doctor or engineer. The human anatomy itself speaks a universal language of general understanding; yet it takes a particular mind to comprehend an individual past the mere substance that makes up our anatomy by understanding the individual as a person. I have been inspired by my experience at Seisen to integrate my passion for the biological and psychological sciences with my passion for people to study the most universal and fundamental indicator of one's well-being: health.