Exploring the World via St. Edward’s
Joseph Ver ’14, a Digital Media Management major, has always found the culture and history of Japan fascinating. When he had a chance to spend spring break in Beppu, Japan, with his Doing Business in Asia class, he jumped on it. For a week, he toured Japanese businesses, sampled local cuisine, tried his hand at the taiko drum and visited cultural hotspots.
“Now I can’t wait to go back to Japan and travel around the world,” he says.
Discovering Japan — in Austin
The following semester, he befriended a group of exchange students who came to St. Edward’s from Asia Pacific University, our partner university in Beppu, Japan. By keeping in touch with Japanese students, he’s continued to learn about Japanese culture and is now considering a future abroad after graduation. “It’s easy to limit yourself to staying local, but from meeting these other students and studying abroad, I’ve become aware that working in another country is a possibility for me,” Joseph says.
Like many students at St. Edward’s, Joseph’s time abroad was only one piece of his global experience. He’s also found an international mindset in his classes and among his classmates in Austin.
Fitting in with a Diverse Community
Born in the Philippines, Joseph moved to the United States when he was 3-years old. “Being an immigrant myself, sometimes I feel like I’m different. But here at St. Edward’s, it’s so diverse, I feel comfortable,” he says. All told, students from 44 countries call St. Edward’s home.
“I really like that St. Edward’s encourages students to explore and learn different cultures and how to interact with other nationalities, which is important in today’s global economy,” says Lynn Ver, Joseph’s mother. “We hope Joseph can carry what he’s learned for his future endeavors.“
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