Libby Maret '12
"Coming to Connecticut College, I had a dream of combining my interest in physics and my love for the Japanese language. And I thought this dream would only remain in its nascent stages, as a fantasy unable to grow into reality. But grow it did. In my sophomore year I was able to organize an independent study with Professor Harb to study technical Japanese language. Together we read texts explaining physics concepts and watched videos interviewing Japanese physicists and I gained a sense for how to communicate physics in Japanese. But my attempts to combine my two interests have yet to reach a climax. I may have graduated, but in the fall I will be traveling to Japan to spend a year studying ultrafast physics at Tsukuba University under a Fulbright Research Fellowship. Accepting the Fulbright actually came as a challenge because I was also accepted to study applied physics at the University of Michigan, but my professors, advisers and peers at Conn, particularly in the East Asian Studies department, helped me to accept both positions by deferring my acceptance to Michigan for a year. What the future holds for me in Japan and at Michigan I don't yet know, but I am looking forward to it with a great sense of adventure and excitement."