Japanese DSA Olivia Wolfe

Olivia Wolfe


Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Major: East Asian Studies
Study Abroad: Extended Term-Tokyo, Japan

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The sense of community and closeness with both professors and students.

What is your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Don’t be afraid to reach out to anyone that you think could help you out! Even if you decide it isn’t the best fit for you, anyone would be happy to tell you more about the Japanese department and the kinds of opportunities available.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Pursue what you find interesting and fun, not just what you’ve been told you should follow.

What has been your favorite class at K?
Japanese Science Fiction: It was so interesting to learn about specifically Japanese science fiction and I loved the stories that we read. Dr. White is an incredible professor as well and I had a lot of fun in his class.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I have been able to take classes in many different departments over the course of my education–including economics, Spanish, ANSO, and psychology. I’ve taken classes I wouldn’t normally think about taking but had the opportunity to experience because of the open curriculum.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I am a part of Kalamazoo College’s tennis team and upon returning to campus in the fall will be taking up the position of co-president of the Food Recovery Network.

What is your SIP?
Translating one of Yoshiya Nobuko’s short stories from Japanese to English and investigating the impact her works had on Japanese fiction today.

Generally speaking, what is your favorite thing about K?
The people!

What is a random fun fact about you?
I am now almost fluent in four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Japanese!