All Roads Lead to Susquehanna

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Ken KayamaWhat drew Lachhab to Susquehanna is similar to that which pulled Katsuhiko “Ken” Kayama ’13. A native of Tokyo, Kayama came to America to attend the Solebury School in New Hope, Pa. When it was time to look for a college, he wanted similar student- faculty relationships, athletic opportunities and natural surroundings similar to those he enjoyed in boarding school. And a good business program. Whether he’s building his business acumen in the classroom or flexing his muscles on the playing field, Kayama enjoys the area and all it has to offer. “I love the fact that this place has great nature. That’s something I don’t get much in Tokyo,” Kayama says. But it’s not all about the environment.

Kayama is studying outside his homeland because he wants wider exposure to the world, something he’ll be doing much more of this year when he takes part in the Sigmund Weis School of Business’s London Program. “I’ll be living in London, and learning about international business while traveling Europe with my friends and an SU faculty member,” he explains. Being so far from home is manageable with the kind of close relationships Kayama has formed with his classmates, teammates and professors. Wherever he ends up after graduation, Susquehanna will always be with him.

Of course, you don’t have to come from another country to be far from home. Amanda Chase ’14 came to Susquehanna from the suburbs of San Diego. And while she always wanted an East Coast, red-brick college covered in leafy trees, she also shared one more important condition for choosing a college: financial aid. Like more than 90 percent of the students on campus, Chase receives financial aid that brings to fruition the dream of a Susquehanna education. “The Founders Scholarship I received wasn’t the only reason I came here, but it is a huge help and gives me the freedom to concentrate on academics and explore what I’m interested in,” says Chase, who also considered Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Lafayette, Lehigh, Albright and Allegheny during her college search.

Chase’s interests include the English major, the new editing and publishing minor, serving as digital media editor of The Crusader, and the Susquehanna Valley.

Amanda Chase“The farmland around here is amazing. And although I’m far from home, I’ve explored the area with friends and through service projects,” she says. Chase stays busy through her participation in Habitat for Humanity, SU Dance Corps, the Literature Club and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, which sent her to Washington, D.C., for an immersion program involving service projects and learning activities focused on homelessness.

She’ll also study abroad through SU’s London Program at Regent’s College. “I’m getting to do all these things I’ve always dreamed of doing.”

For students like Chase, “all these things” can vary, but the song often carries the same tune: They stumble upon something unique at Susquehanna and then discover a whole new world. For Chase it was the unexpected editing and publishing minor. “I want to be an editor, and the minor takes us from Gutenberg to the modern digital text revolution.” That coursework led her to the Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors (FUSE), housed at Susquehanna. The experience she gained with FUSE led to her internship this summer at Sunbelt Publications, a small publishing firm outside San Diego.

While Chase works hard to achieve her success, it is the financial support that allowed her experience to hap- pen in the first place. “I definitely made the right college decision. I was meant to be here,” she says.

For Chase, like so many others, the roads of her life led to Susquehanna. With the help of the Susquehanna community, roads will continue to lead to Selinsgrove for many more years to come.

Jenny Ruth Hawbaker ’04 is the assistant director of recruitment communications and a contributing writer to Susquehanna Currents. 

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