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Local high-schooler spent month in Japan as part of High School Diplomats program.
Josie Till (right) poses with Sae on Olympic Day in the High School Diplomats program. Josie spent 10 days at Princeton University.
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"You can experience so much," Olivia said. "To really just be immersed in the culture, to have Japanese food every day and be around people speaking [Japanese], to see a culture that is so far from the U.S. culture I thought it was the most interesting thing ever."
She said that going to Japan, where the culture tends to be very introverted, forced her to break out of her own shyness to communicate with the people.
Before participating in the programs, Olivia had no idea what career she wanted to pursue.
"[Going to Japan has] made me want to study international relations and have a better understanding of all cultures."
Josie felt the same after her experience, and she is planning to apply to go to Japan this coming summer.
"[It] just made me want to see what else is out there," Josie said. "I think before I was kind of closed-minded and focusing on what I wanted to do and not what was out there."
All costs for both programs are covered by scholarships for the students accepted.
Bridget Balch: 540/374-5444
Want to participate?
Current sophomores and juniors can apply for the summer 2013 High School Diplomats program at Princeton until Jan. 8, 2013.
Applications can be found at highschooldiplomats.com.