Taking on a new opportunity without hesitation is the definition of Yoichi Hirokata. He came to the United States to get out of his comfort zone, connect with others and experience the unexperienced.
“I love people, and I love talking to people, so I didn’t want to go to a big university,” said Yoichi. “I Googled ‘affordable, good university,’ and UW-Superior was one of the top searches.”
UW-Superior was exactly what Yoichi was looking for, and the university has fit him to a T.
“I’ve loved all of my classes. I can’t choose a favorite, but I’ve really connected with my instructors Dr. Ephraim Kotey Nikoi, Cathy Fank and Dr. Martha Einerson,” he said. “They all teach great skills you can use in real life, like the skills I needed for my internship.”
Yoichi landed an internship on Wall Street in New York City – all because he had never been to New York and wanted to get a change of scenery.
“I was a sales person on Wall Street, and I really enjoyed it,” said Yoichi. “Knowledge I gained from a Latin American history class actually helped me build a relationship and make a contract deal with a customer.”
Yoichi believes that if you try to gain knowledge from all fields, even if you don’t think it’s important at the time, you can use it anywhere.
“Every bit of knowledge you learn will be useful one way or another, and things from multiple classes gave me an advantage at my internship,” he said. “Without information I had learned, I wouldn’t have been able to make personal connections with customers.”
Always in search of opportunities, Yoichi also went to Scotland with the Study Away program. It was another part of his college adventure that he didn’t want to miss out on.
“I am always looking to expand my horizons,” he said. “Even if you’re not interested at first, you should always try it. I enjoyed my experience in Scotland so much.”
Yoichi knows it’s impossible to go everywhere, but he doesn’t miss out and gets to learn about the world just by being at UW-Superior.
“It’s a very diverse campus with people from all over the world. It’s amazing,” Yoichi said. “Just talking to someone, their experiences can become yours in a way.”
Yoichi came for the smallness of UW-Superior, but it opened him up to more than he could have imagined. After graduation, he wants to work on the East or West coast in international communication, so he will be able to meet different people every day.
Talk to Admissions today to discover all of your opportunities for internships, studying abroad and more by choosing to Be Superior.