Welcome to my ePortfolio. My name is Hannah Ishikawa, and I am currently a full-time student in my senior year at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). I am on track to receive my Bachelor of Arts in both Creative Writing and French with a minor in International Studies.
The purpose of this portfolio is to showcase highlights from my IUPUI career and demonstrate my academic and professional development. Please feel free to explore the lefthand sections to learn more about me and see past and present work completed in my courses.
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I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since I was a young girl, I have always enjoyed writing and would fill up spiral notebooks with story upon story. In high school, I spent three years serving on my school's newspaper staff, becoming the editor-in-chief my senior year. Although I appreciated learning the journalistic style of writing, I knew that upon graduation, I wanted to study Creative Writing. The summer before my senior year, I also participated in the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages and spent six and a half weeks studying abroad in Saumur, France. This experience sparked my interest in French, and I realized that I wanted to double major. In August 2011, I came to IUPUI to study liberal arts.
While at IUPUI, I have enriched my studies with valuable leadership-building and extracurricular experiences. As a Plater and Chancellor Scholar, I regularly volunteer in the community and work to raise global awareness.
Since my freshman year, I have been an active member of the International Club (I-Club) and the Francophone Student Association (FSA). I served as vice president of I-Club my sophomore year and organized the weekly Culture Hours. My junior year, I participated in a yearlong study abroad program in Aix-en-Provence, France. While taking courses at Aix-Marseille Université, I not only improved my linguistic abilities but also gained greater insight into my English major. In my courses, I compared the rhetoric of essay writing, perception of world events, and philosophy of France to its American counterparts.
As a senior, I continued working at the Office of International Affairs with two positions I held during sophomore year: Undergraduate Admissions Assistant and International Peer Mentor. These positions strengthened my cross-cultural communication skills and professional development, as I interacted with current and prospective international students on a daily basis. I was also elected as president of FSA and gained valuable grant-writing experience, earning the organization three grants to host the Tournées Festival of French Films at IUPUI, a joint endeavor with the Film Studies Program of the English Department. I am also serving as a Liberal Arts Student Ambassador, which has given me the opportunity to share my experience at IUPUI with alumni, donors, and prospective students.
After graduation, I intend on pursuing a career that will combine my interests in English, French, and International Studies. I am currently in the application process for two English Teaching Assistantship positions in France and admission to graduate school for a Master's in English with a TESOL Concentration.
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