Hello, my name is Kiyana Pitre and I chose to study abroad with CIEE to learn more about the Japanese culture and language. My interest in the Japanese culture was found through anime and manga, which led me to study the language for two years. The Japanese culture is different quite from the American culture that I have been raised in, and going to Japan and study in a school for a semester could be very beneficial for my goals of learning more Japanese language. While living with a Japanese host family can teach me about the culture and how everyday life is in Japan. Being able to dive head first into a foreign culture that I have never experienced before is truly amazing, and is filled with so many opportunities that I just can’t say no to. Living in a culture where I have to speak a different language to ask for help with directions and eat food that I have never seen before will help me with becoming a well rounded individual and more educated on how other cultures work.