Melissa King’s summer began by studying abroad in Japan for three weeks with the Washburn Political Science department.
She traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki, and Fukuoka to study the Japanese political system. She also studied topics such as Japanese anthropomorphism and Japanese customs. King received a comparative politics credit that counted towards her political science degree. The program was led by the chair of the political science department, Dr. Bob Beatty.
This was King’s first time traveling outside of the United States. After returning from Japan, Melissa attended the US Department of State’s Study of the US Institutes on Global Women’s Leadership. In this exchange program, Melissa studied the adaptive leadership paradigm alongside 80 women from over 23 countries.
The Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute cohort of this program was hosted at the University of Kansas. During the program, the women experienced many different aspects of Kansas culture, including trips to the state capitol building and Kansas City. One of the highlights was the cultural dinner, where the women prepared traditional dishes from their home countries. Another highlight was the Fourth of July celebration.
The women celebrated Independence Day in Wamego, Kan. Here, they experienced a taste of small town America and saw the world’s largest hand lit fireworks show. The program also included conferences in Washington, D.C. and Chicago where the participants were able to connect with women from the other host institutions.