Lizzie's Japan Study Abroad Fund

It has been my dream for a long time to go to Tokyo, Japan to study art and graphic design and I have the wonderful opportunity to go this upcoming summer through Temple University in Japan however I need some help to get there. The program is 11 weeks, starting May 22nd, and going until August 4th. During my time abroad I will be able to participate in many multicultural events and also study a new culture.

The money you donate will be going to my tuition for my semester abroad, where I will be taking three courses- Japanese Graphic Design History, Japanese Elements 1, and International Career Strategies. In the Japanese Graphic Design History course I will be learning about Japanese Design through the ages, from commercial and advertising art to graphic design and it’s milestones. I will also get the opportunity to visit Japanese Graphic Designers at their studios and and visit Graphic Design exhibitions around Japan to see design firsthand. In the International Career Strategies I will be learning about how to look for and prepare for an international career. Finally, the last course, Japanese Elements 1, is the first course that I would be taking to start learning Japanese to not only be able to talk to others during my time abroad but also to prepare myself for future careers/travel in Japan.

Since I am going into my senior year of college I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to grow as an artist in designer. During my trip I will use these courses and the city as inspiration to develop my art form which includes a lot of the Kawaii (cute) aesthetic which comes from the area of Harajuku in Tokyo. I know I will be successful in accomplishing these goals. After I graduate, I would also love the chance to come back to Tokyo after to work for a design company there or participate in the JET program, teaching english in Japan, and so this summer would be my chance to also start planning my future.

If you are interested to follow me in my travels, I will be creating a blog detailing my planning for my trip and the experience. Again, I really appreciate your support, really, any amount will help me accomplish my goals. Thanks you so much for everything!
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Liz Zernik 
Springfield, VA
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