I have lived in Charlotte for about 11 years. I am originally from southern California, but fortunately I have managed to lose my Valley Girl accent. I graduated from UNCC with honors in anthropology and Japanese. My interests are in cultural anthropology and mythology/folklore. From 2010-2011 I stayed in Oita, Japan (southern Japan) for about 10 months for a study abroad program. And I had the opportunity to work as an ESL teacher for a few months. It was an amazing experience! I am a huge graphic novel aficionado, and I love my mountain bike.