of the Month
Mika Aoyama: Japan
Mika Aoyama is majoring in Communications
and Public Relations and is the
Student Body Vice President
at Green River College.
Mika Aoyama is from
Nagoya, Japan. She came to Green River
Community College as an IESL student
in summer quarter 2008 and transferred
to the Academic program in the fall.
When asked what she likes most
about Green River College,
she said, "I love the diversity on
campus. There are so many different
cultures and nationalities here. I
love talking to different people who
have different backgrounds and
hearing their perspectives.
"I also really like the faculty and
staff at GRCC. The college offers so
many resources and support services
to help us achieve our personal and
program has given Mika many leadership opportunities.
Mika is currently acting as the
ASGRCC Student Vice President. She is
also a member of
the Leadership, Education, &
"I used to be shy, but now I
enjoy getting up on stage and
promoting programs. I enjoy
volunteering in the community; I
also try to speak up in class at
least once. My English has improved
a lot because I make myself talk to
American students and I am not
afraid of making mistakes."
Mika is a great example of how
international students can make a
big difference on campus.
Mika will be graduating this
spring (2010) and hopes to transfer
to the University of Oregon or the
University of Washington.