College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

School of World Languages and Cultures

Alisha Romano, JLC, 2020

Alisha Romano JLC class of 2020 headshot

My name is Alisha Romano (she/her) and I graduated in Spring of 2020 with a B.A. in Japanese Language and Culture. I currently am attending the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. I am a second-year master’s student in the department of Women’s and Gender Studies, my thesis is on the ways that U.S. media discusses the Japanese #MeToo movement. While attending graduate school I work as a Graduate Assistant for the Introduction to Women’s Studies course. I was able to apply for this position using my coursework from my undergraduate degree, especially by focusing on my work in the Service-Learning course. I work with a professor of record and three other graduate assistants to grade student assignments, answer questions, explain concepts, and aid in developing the course development. I have also developed a new unit for the course on Japanese feminisms using my undergraduate research for the Capstone project. I really enjoy working with my students to expand their understanding of feminist movements and how feminism can differ between cultures. There is nothing more rewarding than having a student start asking questions or making connections that show that they are taking the coursework into their own life experiences. Though many of my students have limited exposure to Japan and Japanese culture, it is good to know that I am helping them think beyond their current understandings of feminism. My time in the World Languages and Culture department changed how I saw the world; it opened my eyes to other cultures and ideas and without it my current research would not have ever crossed my mind. My favorite class at CSUMB would have to be the Social Issues in Japan class, it gave me the groundwork for the direction that my groups Capstone project took, and ultimately where my research for my thesis has gone. My advice would be to find what you are passionate about and run with it, even if you aren’t sure how it will work out and where it will lead you, if you are passionate about what you are doing everything else will follow.