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Hi I'm Katie, I am a junior at Butler. I am a Strategic Communication major with a focus in Public Relations. I love being involved in campus and hold positions in College Mentors for Kids and Dawg Pound. I am also a Butler Student Ambassador, Morton Finney Scholar, and a member of Pi Beta Phi. I am huge Indy sports fan! Currently I am studying abroad in Sydney Australia!

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Throwback Thursday

Recently I changed my Facebook name to incorporate my middle name, Miki. If you never read my blog before then you probably don’t know that I am half Japanese. Miki in Japanese means future hope. At first I used to hate my name, let me explain.

Throwback: When I was younger I used to hate that I was even half Japanese. A lot of the time I got made fun of for having different eyes or being told by others that I am suppose to be good at math because I am Asian. Being different to me meant that I would just get made fun of. When I was younger I didn’t understand why out of all my siblings I looked the most Asian. I would get made fun of things I brought to lunch. I don’t want to make this some sob story. I will not say I was bullied because I think bully is very intense word, and that’s not what happened to me.

Now: I have realized how proud to be who I am. How many people can say they were born in a different country in America? I can. I love that I can have authentic Japanese food from my mom, and I love that I have two amazing cultures to learn from. Being different is not a bad thing, if anything it is a good thing. Being different has brought me so many opportunities, and has also opened my eyes to a lot of different things. Now that I have realized this I am definitely open to so much more. It makes me sad that there are still people today in society who think different is bad, because in reality different is what has gotten us to today.

So yes my middle name is Miki, and while it took me a while to realize that it doesn’t suck to have a middle name that is a Disney character it took my longer to realize that everyone should be proud of what they stand for, and who they are.

When I was little!

American Problems

These past couple of weeks my sister, brother in law, and mom have been in Japan. My mom is Japanese and her whole side of the family still lives there. This was the first time my brother in law was meeting my mom’s side of the family, and the first time my sister has been back to Japan in a very long time. If there is anything I learned from their trip it was:

1) they think my brother in law looks like an actor…
2) they think Americans (mainly my brother) are fat.

They did not say that Americans are fat, but from hearing what my sister said about not being able to find large shirts or even large anything for that matter it obviously shows that everything is LARGE in America. My uncle had to rent a car just to pick up my family because although their car is large enough to hold everyone it was not large enough to hold everyone’s luggage.

Some of the things my mom, sister, and brother in law got for me!

People always ask me how Japanese are so tiny, because many think that because they eat so much white rice they wouldn’t be that tiny or healthy. The reason is because as Americans we decide to eat ridiculous portions. I am no health expert, and I am guilty of these large portions, but that’s probably the main reason why we are bigger than Asians. I still find it entertaining though to hear my Japanese grandpa’s only advice to my brother “lose weight, so you can be healthy and live long” My grandpa is in his late 80′s, and still walks around everywhere. I hope I can be as healthy as him when I get older!

Don’t be afraid to go to Japan. My family is only harsh to us, and it’s all out of love, so no worries!

A picture my sister took of Mt. Fuji from her phone.