- Desiree Erchick ’17
- Hometown: Alliance, OH
- Major: Japanese and French
Mount Union provides wonderful opportunities to experience the world around you, whether it's studying abroad, spring break trips or volunteering in different communities.
Daniel Felice '04
I enrolled at Mount Union specifically because I could major in Japanese - a rarity among Ohio universities. After studying with Dr. Hamako Furuhata-Turner for two years, I spent a semester abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, where I lived with a host family: an older couple that spoke no English. Thanks to what I learned at Mount Union, I was able not only to get by, but to thrive. My studies at Mount Union were the foundation that enabled this success, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. After I returned, I continued my Japanese studies with Dr. Furuhata-Turner. For my Senior Culminating Experience, I translated some Japanese short stories into English.
After I graduated, I was fortunate enough to get a job through the JET Program teaching English at a junior high school in Daito City, Osaka Prefecture. I lived and worked there for three years. In 2005, I took and passed the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Level 2. Then, in 2007, I passed the more difficult JLPT Level 1. At this time, Level 1 was the most difficult JLPT grade available. (The JLPT is a nationally recognized test of Japanese grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension and listening comprehension.) None of this would have been possible if not for the Japanese program at Mount Union. I encourage any prospective student with an interest in the Japanese language to apply.