This is the beginning of a new adventure. In September of 2016, I was nominated to attend Keio University as a part of the University of Hawaii's Student Exchange Program (MIX). The following month I was fortunate to be presented with the Freeman Foundation Scholarship, a $5,900 one-time travel award that enables students to broaden their horizons by studying abroad in Asia.
My name is Matthew Yoshioka, a 3rd generation local Japanese student born and raised in Hawaii. This will be a documentation of my journey abroad which begins here in Hawaii as I prepare for departure. I plan to leave in February 2017 and will return in August of the same year.
Thank you to the Freeman Foundation and the University of Hawaii for providing this amazing opportunity to study abroad and experience new and diverse cultures. I am truly grateful for these blessings and will strive to reciprocate this kindness in every way possible.