FIS student graduated with summa cum laude honors from SFSU

The Faculty of International Studies is pleased to announce that Ms. Aoki Misa has recently graduated with summa cum laude honors from San Francisco State University. She is the first student to enter the Meigaku-SFSU Double Degree Program, and during her two years in California, she earned a BA in Communications Studies. She will now return to Japan to finish her Meigaku undergraduate degree in International Studies.

The Double Degree Program allows full-time Meigaku students to complete a second undergraduate degree in a university environment outside Japan. There are linguistic and cultural challenges in addition to the academic requirements, but Ms. Aoki’s summa cum laude standing indicates she maintained a GPA of 3.85 or more throughout her time at SFSU, an outstanding scholastic achievement that put her at the highest level of her graduating class. By doing so, she has set a high standard for future Meigaku students who wish to earn two degrees through the program.

For those students who are considering the SFSU program, Ms. Aoki offers theses thoughts:

“To future students who are interested in studying abroad, I just graduated from San Francisco State University as the first of the Double Degree Program student. Before I came to America, I could not speak English well and I was not confident that I would be able to overcome difficulties. However, the time I have spent here has changed my life in a good way. Studying abroad is not easy, and you will face obstacles. However, the hard times will teach you valuable lessons that you might not be able to learn in Japan. The most important lesson I have learned is, “If you do not give up, you will be able to achieve your goals.” If you are interested in studying abroad, you should definitely do it. Good luck.”