If you’re here it means you either already know me, or you’re interested in finding out about the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program and what it really entails. This blog will be my way of recording things that I see, experience and learn during my 2-month adventure with the CLS program in Himeji, Japan.
Firstly: My name is Dervla and I’m a rising junior at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. My primary major is in Fine Arts (I’m a painter) and I also have a second major in Japanese Studies. I started learning the Japanese language a long time ago (in middle school), but only began to realize how important it could be to my career and my artistic practice after arriving at CMU. This winter I found out that I was lucky enough to receive a spot in this summer’s CLS program, and I’ve been preparing since then for what is probably going to be one of the most difficult, but valuable summers of my entire life. I am excited and humbled to become a part of this group of language learners and enthusiasts that comprises the CLS program and it’s larger community of past participants.
On this blog I will probably be writing a lot, but also posting a lot of photographs, and maybe even sketches I make during my trip. Please stay tuned as I hope to keep this blog regularly updated.