Rachel Ruble, Summer 2017 Alum

The new perspectives gained while abroad not only help you as a person, they give you an edge in the job market! Current Oakland University student Rachel Ruble talks about the challenges that made her a better student, and a better job candidate.


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What is your name, and what is/was your major at Oakland University?

My name is Rachel Ruble, I am a Japanese Language and Culture Major who is also double minoring in International Affairs and Asian Studies.

How did you find out about this program?

I found out about this program when I was still in high school. My high school Japanese teacher told me about it.

What motivated you to study abroad at JCMU? Was it the location, the classes, or something else?

I wanted to make the best of my experience while learning as much Japanese as I could. I felt that the Summer Intensive program suited my wants for this.

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How were classes in Hikone compared to classes at OU? Did you enjoy them?

The classes in Japan were more difficult than my classes in the U.S. due to the intensive nature to the program. My days were filled with class and then homework after that.
However, I wouldn’t change it. The program was invigorating and never ceased to be interesting.

What were some of your favorite things about your time at JCMU?

I got to travel more during my time at JCMU than I ever had before in my entire life. The idea of being able to decide to get up one day and travel to the other side of the country was surreal.
I loved how friendly everyone was, despite the often respectful quietness.

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Did your experiences abroad help you when you returned home? When you entered the workforce (if applicable)? How so?

I feel that the vigor of the Summer Intensive Program as made me a much better student than before. The fast pace taught me to always be on top of my game, taught me good study habits, as well as responsibility for your own actions and daily tasks.
When I returned from Japan I sought employment in the Department of World Languages at Eastern Michigan University. I feel that my experience abroad has made me more marketable in the workforce because of a broader perspective on world relations compared to someone who may not have studied overseas.

What would you say to prospective students considering JCMU?

If you’re having reservations about taking the plunge and doing this program, just do it! Take the chance. Stepping out of your comfort zone is a big part of what makes this program great.


We would like to thank Rachel for sharing her experiences with us, and we hope that her words encourage you to consider studying abroad yourself! For more information about Rachel’s program, please visit the Summer Intensive language & Culture program page.

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