Student Spotlight: Kathryn Toyota

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Q1: What is your full name?

My full name is Kathryn Lenee Toyota.

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Q2: What is your age?

I’m twenty years old.

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Q3: What year are you in terms of your education?

I’m a sophomore in college.

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Q4: What is your hometown and/or country

I currently reside in Cranston, Rhode Island, United States of America.

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Q5: Are you an exchange, international, or SSALI student and how long have you/will you be here for?

I am a National Student Exchange student here until the end of the Spring semester.

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Q6: What is your major?

I’m a double major in Math and Finance.

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Q7: What are your goals (academically or non academically) for this Spring semester?

I hope to simply pass my classes (since my grades here won’t affect my GPA back home) and instead focus on gaining a load of cultural knowledge (which I think I have successfully done). I want to experience what life is like on the west coast.

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Q8: What is one memorable thing you have done this semester?

For spring break a few of us traveled down to southern California and visited places like the Santa Monica Pier and LA. I definitely made some great memories there.

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Q9: What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I like to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and/or hang out with new friends.

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Q10: What piece of advice would you give students wanting to study at Sonoma State as part of an exchange or international program?

I’d tell people to come into this experience with an open mind. I definitely had stereotypes in mind about what California was like and it was nothing like I expected (much more farmland than I originally thought). But it’s been an even better experience than I could have imagined it’d be.

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