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Lisa Hirayama

International Counselor

Recruiting territories: International students

Email: international@spu.edu

Lisa Hirayama Hometown: Originally, Sudbury, Massachusetts. But I spent some time living in England and Denmark as a child, and lived/studied in Japan when I was in high school and college. I've lived in Seattle for the last couple of decades, though, so I guess this is now my "hometown"!
Education: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (MA); B.A. Oberlin College (OH) in East Asian Studies and Sociology; M.Ed. University of Pittsburgh (PA) in Counseling
Favorite Seattle restaurant: T & T Seafood Restaurant. Actually, it's in Edmonds. But it's the BEST Chinese restaurant in the area!
A trip I'd like to take: I'd love to visit Vietnam someday. At one point in my career I worked with Vietnamese people being resettled in the U.S. as refugees. At that time, Vietnam was still a very troubled place, and the Vietnamese people coming here had been through tremendous hardships and had suffered so much. They believed they would never see their homeland again. It's amazing to me that people now travel in and out of Vietnam freely and the country has made a remarkable recovery.
Family: My husband, Kimo, and our two boys, Kai and Kian. Oh, and our cat, Genki.
Favorite Thing About SPU: Aside from the beautiful campus, I love how friendly and welcoming people are.
Advice for high school/transfer students: Think about what you want your experience in the U.S. to be. Choose your university carefully - it will be your "home" for a few years! Look beyond just those U.S. universities that are "famous" in your country. Those tend to be the largest schools, and there are so many more wonderful options available to you! Most of all, it's never too early to start your college application process. Sign up to take TOEFL or IELTS (if needed), order your official transcripts, start writing your application essays, begin filling out the Common Application... Don't procrastinate!


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