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Majors in Japanese Studies go on to careers in a variety of fields, everything from traditional bamboo crafts to Wall Street. Here is a sampling . . .

Karen Quinn '97 (JAPN) played violin in a rock band before studying for her MBA at Yale School of Management. She is now People Programs Manager at Google.

Katherine Brutlag '04 (JAPN/PHYS) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for graduate study at Kyoto University. She returned to the US to teach Science and  Japanese at Fusion Academy in San Diego. Kate authored chapters for Pre-calculus for Dummies, AP Chemistry for Dummies and Chemistry Workbook for Dummies (Wiley Publications, 2008) and is currently a PhD student in Astronomy at the University of Arizona.

Stephen Jensen '06 (JAPN/ART) worked as Coordinator of International Relations in Oita, Japan before gaining admission to the Oita Prefectural Bamboo Craft Training School in Beppu. His paintings and drawings have been in several exhibitions in Japan.

Brian Harding '03 (JAPN/HIST) was a Fulbright fellow in Indonesia before joining the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC where he is now a research associate in the International Security Program.

Paula Yepes '03 (JAPN/ECON) was among the first Posse Scholarship students at Middlebury where she began her study of Japanese and founded the Anime Club. Paula went on to a Wall Street career as an analyst and associate at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.

Ian Roberts McConnel '98 (JAPN) rose to the rank of Infantry Officer, First Lieutenant, in the United States Marine Corps before graduating from Boston College Law School.

Moreen A. O'Brien '06 (JAPN) worked as Coordinator for International Relations in Niigata, Japan from 2006 to 2008 before studying at Cornell Law School.

Ashley Calkins '06 (JAPN) was program associate at the Stanley Foundation before joining Indiana University as Diversity Education Specialist.

Emi Kubota '02 (ISEA/JAPN) received her MBA at Columbia University and is now Vice President of I Play, Inc.

John Reed '07 (JAPN/ECON) is Management Consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Japan.



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