Stefan Uddenberg, Level 5
Current Undergraduate, Double Major in Cognitive Science and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Dartmouth College
To choose a language program, Stefan Uddenberg sought out advice from his undergraduate instructors. "Every Japanese professor in my school recommended Middlebury," Stefan says. Just a few weeks into the program, he understands why.
"I've spoken nearly as much Japanese already as I did during seven months in Japan," says Stefan. He also points out that cocurricular activities such as tea ceremonies and storytelling are a great way to build language skills. What's next for Stefan? "Ideally, I'd become a professor of cognitive
science and serve as a bridge between Japanese and U.S. research."
Eric McEver, Level 4
BA, Japanese Studies, Kenyon College
Eric McEver first came to the Japanese School in 2007 in preparation for a year in Japan. The confidence and fluency he gained at Middlebury opened doors to amazing experiences abroad, including acting in a professional theatrical tour and assisting in the production of a science fiction film.
"I'm back to prepare for my return to Japan this fall for graduate study. What really makes Middlebury the best is that you don't just memorize words and grammar to put into use at a later date; you take what you learn in class and immediately apply it in real time, to real-life situations, in order to bring your goals to fruition."