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Published on Mar 20, 2014
Kurumi Suzuki is in her fourth year of studying English and Social Sciences at Kanagawa University. From living and interning in the Philippines, Kurumi has experienced interacting with people who have been raised with different ways of thinking and different values from her own. Living with culture shock initiated within her conversations of her upbringing, her own country's strengths and weaknesses, and the meaning and purpose of life. Her experiences abroad instilled within her the importance of self-discovery, communication, and perseverance. According to Kurumi, (translated) "Just living or getting by is not enough. One should live with vigor, and not give up at first sight when either a problem or opportunity presents itself." Aiming to treasure her past and future while involving others, Kurumi is currently part of a life-long project called "My Hometown, Fukushima." This is a project where photos of Fukushima from multiple view points are gathered by anyone holding some connection to Fukushima, whether that be volunteers, journalists, or residents, and put on public display. Kurumi is excited for the iLEAP SIIS TOMODACHI Program and is looking forward to sharing and learning from everyone while in Seattle.