Samantha Blankenship ’17 (double major in Asian Studies and History) and Tiara Washington ’17, each of whom completed an internship at the Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project (KEEP) in Japan during her time at Berea, are the Asian Studies Department’s December 2017 graduates. “Sam” plans to teach English in East Asia after first “taking a few months to catch [her] breath.” Eventually, she hopes to pursue master’s-level studies in creative writing and author and publish novels. Following some time off, Tiara — who also completed one term of study at Keimyung University in South Korea — plans to attain business-level fluency in Korean and Japanese language through master’s-level studies in order to pursue her interest in international business opportunities related to South Korea and Japan. We wish Sam and Tiara nothing but the best. さようなら! 작별! 再見! Farewell!