For the past two years, through a semester-long, one-credit-hour course, BYU Japanese professor Steve Moody has meticulously prepared a group of seven to eight students to attend the Boston Career Forum for Japanese-English bilinguals. Big-name companies that regularly participate include Amazon, Bank of America and Nintendo, as well as powerhouse Japanese companies like SoftBank and Sumitomo. Among American undergraduates, BYU students studying Japanese are uniquely prepared to thrive in this job market.
For first-generation college student Sarah Davila, growing up near the sunny Florida coast consisted of playing on the beach, learning English in school and making traditional Colombian food with her mom. Davila’s parents had moved to the United States a few months before Davila was born, hoping to provide her with a bright future.
When she received an email from a former student one evening, BYU English professor Dawan Coombs experienced déjà vu. The former student, a graduate of the BYU English teaching program, was desperate for help with the seventh-grade reading class she was now teaching.