Deciding on Mount
I was looking for small size liberal arts university in which I can study mechanical engineering. After I got acceptance letters from seven schools in the U.S., Mount Union was the best school in terms of scholarship and facilities. I received the International Excellence Scholarship and International Global Scholarship.
A Home Away from Home
Mount has friendly professors/friends and a beautiful campus. Do not be afraid to be far from your home. I found my best friends and life advisers here 6000 miles away from my home city, which is Tokyo, Japan.
Determining a Major
When I was a freshman, I already knew that I would like to enter the aerospace field in the future. Mechanical engineering is a particularly broad field and can be applied to many other engineering disciplines, including aerospace. Then, I thought studying mechanical engineering in undergraduate would help me to learn how to think as an engineer and prepare my future learning. The reason I chose mathematics as my other major is that as I studied mechanical engineering, I realized that math was my strength and another "language" that I needed to be more fluent in to be success as an engineer.
Opportunities through Mount
The Department of Mathematics sponsored me to go to the 7th International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education (7OSME), which is the biggest origami conference, happening once in four years, in Oxford, England. At OSME I was inspired by curved origami and Mr. Jun Maekawa’s research on continuous fractions and progression with a connected paper crane, to design my own origami that have concepts of math and fluid mechanics for my senior math major project. My life goal is to become an astronaut and contribute to make space closer to people. Mount Union taught me that a big project cannot be done by one person but can be done by people from different field and background.