My name is Melissa Golden and I am currently a candidate for a master’s degree in International Education Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. As an undergraduate student, I was fortunate to have multiple opportunities to study abroad. Upon graduation, I applied and was accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. Five years teaching English in northern Japan made me realize that I wanted to continue to facilitate cross-cultural exchange and global learning. After completing this intensive master’s program at the Monterey Institute, I hope to continue working to facilitate grassroots exchange between Japan and the United States.