I was born and raised in Japan. I came to the US for the first time as a high school
exchange student, just for one month. I lived in Virginia, in a place called Silverplate,
a suburb of Washington, D.C. I went to Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology High
School, which was the sister school of my Japanese high school, and one of the nation’s
top scientific high schools. And I did like it. This triggered my study abroad dream.
I was impressed by the high school education system in the US. It’s one that never
just looks for the systematic solution, but values process, logic, and discussion-based
I loved watching a beautiful image of planet Earth, one with a very clear sky and blue water, during my high school days. However, as I began to learn how life on Earth suffers many difficult environmental problems, including air pollution and water contamination, I also learned that environmental engineers can be leaders who help solve the Earth’s most difficult sustainability problems. That is when I decided to become an engineer.
In my undergraduate curriculum, the water quality and treatment classes I took were the toughest subjects to get an A in. I had to work the hardest to understand the content. So, naturally, I decided to enter this discipline as I got to know about water engineering more. And then, there’s our blue planet, the image. Water makes the Earth look blue from space.
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