Originally from California, Aubrey DeYoung is double majoring in Japanese and Travel & Tourism. What best prepared Aubrey for winning the Phi Eta Sigma Award were her honors program involvement and her involvement with other extracurricular activities including tutoring Japanese native speakers in English and developing the Japanese language skills necessary to be accepted to a competitive study abroad program in Japan. In fact, Aubrey’s best undergraduate experience has been studying abroad in Japan. She describes her home stay family in Kyoto as absolutely amazing and credits the experience for helping her realize just how small the world is and how similar people are no matter where they are from. Studying abroad helped Aubrey renew her devotion to studying Japanese and to make the goal to one day be a Japanese translator. Aubrey really enjoys making people smile and had a few unexpected experiences in Japan doing just that. When she was leaving the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, her class group got slightly separated in the crowd. The few of them that were in the front raised their arms into a V shape so that the rest of the group could see where they were. Aubrey decided to get her group’s attention by instead dancing to YMCA so that they could see her better. Right as she started dancing, a group of elementary school students passed by and began to laugh, sing along, and dance with her. And Aubrey loved it! Aubrey will continue to study Japanese after graduation and plans to apply to intensive language study schools and/or graduate school in Japan.