Modern Languages

Photo of Robert Sylvester
Photo of Robert Sylvester

Robert Sylvester

1. Why did you decide to become a Japanese minor?

My decision to minor in Japanese was an easy one considering my background and my goals.

First was a personal goal to improve upon my Japanese language skills that I had acquired through childhood. This way, I could speak with my grandparents and other family members better!

The second was a more career-oriented goal. I wanted, and still wish to, utilize Japanese in some capacity in my life!

Lastly, I take strong interest and pride in my half-Japanese ethnic make-up. I like to identify as someone who is half, or double, and I wanted to improve on my language skills to come closer to the other side of me that was becoming more and more distant from me. 

2. What was your most rewarding experience in your Japanese minor?

Studying Japanese was the most rewarding experience in my educational life, thus far.
The professors were amazing not only as educators but also as personal mentors. If it were not for the professors, I would not have been able to study abroad or participate in a wonderful internship program. I owe a lot to my professors for where I am today.

3. What are you doing now?

I am currently attending law school at the Florida State University. Yes, it’s very far from Ursinus! But after graduation I took a year off and moved to Florida with my family. I am in my first year as a law student and things are going very well. I look forward to becoming a lawyer in the near future.