On Friday, December 9th, JCMU had the amazing opportunity to reconnect with Glynn Washington, an alumnus of the inaugural JCMU program in 1989-90 and the cofounder/host of Snap Judgement. For those that are unfamiliar with it, Snap Judgement is an NPR radio show that put stories to a beat, and as Glynn puts it, “without a beat, there would be no story.” These stories range from lighthearted and hilarious to dark and ominous, with many of them conveying truly important messages to their audience. Watching Glynn’s live performance was truly amazing, and we highly encourage others to listen to his radio show.
Following the performance, we met with Glynn and many other JCMU alumni in attendance at the Royal Oak Brewery for a casual alumni get-together! Most in attendance were also students on the 1989-90 JCMU program, and were excited to reminisce about their study abroad experiences together. Many were surprised to discover that Nishizawa-san, our long time Office Manager of our Hikone campus working with us since our first year, was still helping students study abroad at JCMU. Others talked about how study abroad helped them in the job market, with many still working for Japanese companies to this day. All-in-all, it was a fantastic opportunity for us to speak with alumni of all ages about their own personal experiences before, during, and after JCMU.
We were very excited to bring together many of our most experienced alumni, and are happy that Glynn was able to join us after the Snap Judgement show. JCMU would like to thank everyone who attended the get-together with us. We hope to host more events like this in the future, so stay tuned!