A Brief Introduction

Good day everyone! I thought I should start off this blog with a brief introduction about myself.

My name is Bethany Muncy. I was born in Ohio, but grew up mostly in Bedford, IN - the next town south of Bloomington. I'm a senior here at IU. I'm majoring in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus in Japanese. I also have a triple minor in Spanish, French, and Korean (well, unofficially). To be honest, I'm a sixth year senior due to the fact that I'm studying four languages at once and I studied abroad at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan for a year. As you can see, I'm quite fond of languages and other cultures. This may be partially because my father is a missionary in Romania and Moldova, but I have been interested in language for as long as I can remember.

A photo taken while in Japan last April. Those flowers are sakura (cherry blossoms).I'm currently serving as the vice-president of the Japanese Student Association, or JSA. I also have two part-time jobs: giving piano lessons and teaching English to children from South Korea. Taking 15 credit hours while working two jobs and participating in student groups may be a bit difficult to balance, but I think it's definitely worth it!

One of the many amazing things about going to school in Bloomington is the international atmosphere it provides. It's possible to make friends from all over the world! All you have to do is take the initiative to start a conversation with someone, and a whole new world of opportunities will open before you.

In the next few blogs, I'll be writing about various scholarships available for study abroad, ways to get involved in student organizations and international events, how to balance a busy schedule, etc.

Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions or a blog-topic request! (^-^)

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