Merging of culture, academics propels Presidential Scholar to develop her future career

by Emily Vontom, Published January 09, 2013

Culture is an important part of life, but for Eastern Michigan University freshman Yukiko Roy, 18, culture is her life.

“My parents are both big on traveling and experiencing new ideas, places and people,” said Roy, a native of South Lyon, Mich. “”My parents raised all three of us children as bilingual students and have introduced us to a various cultures and ways of life since we were young.

Roy is a double major in Japanese and nursing as well as one of 16 new Presidential Scholars at Eastern. The Presidential Scholarship is an elite four-year award that pays 30 credit hours of in-state tuition, room and board and mandatory fees.

During the summers, Roy would spend three months overseas with her family near Nagasaki, Japan in a small town where her mother grew up, she says.

“It’s a place near and dear to my heart,” said Roy. “I have a close relationship with the family, good friends and the area in general.”

Roy wants to become a nurse anesthetist and work near Nagasaki or anywhere in the United States.

“Nursing draws me because, over the years, whatever I did that was fun and rewarding always had something in common: helping people,” Roy said. “I looked into nursing as a possible career and found it to be a great way to spend my life. Not only to help raise children, but to help anyone live a good, healthy life.”

In addition to focusing on her studies, Roy is also involved with the Japanese Student Association at Eastern and holds an off-campus job as a nurses’ assistant at a retirement community. She is happy with choosing Eastern because of the atmosphere and people, she says.

“There are a number of great resources here that make studying for classes more fitted to every student’s needs,” said Roy. “The beautiful people and kind, hard-working people makes Eastern the place for me.”

Presidential Scholars are selected during Eastern’s annual Presidential Scholarship Competition in December. Awards are based on a competitive exam. To compete, high school seniors must have either a 3.7 GPA, with a minimum of a 25 ACT or 1,150 SAT score.


Emily Vontom

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