Meet the Scholars: Kumiko Mita, Japan

August 8, 2016

Leading up to the arrival of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, we invited a few students to reflect on why they decided to apply and offer their advice to future applicants.

Kumiko Mita:Mita, Kumiko1

Living in Hong Kong at the age of 15 and experiencing “one country, two systems”, gave me my first exposure to China but left me riddled with many unanswered questions about the mainland. Being from Japan, curiosity for our neighboring country felt only natural. Growing up, I felt friendships between individuals came so easily while diplomacy between the two nations did not.

I was in my junior year at university when I first heard a friend mention plans to create a new international Masters program at Tsinghua University, the Schwarzman Scholars Program. Having studied the Chinese language since freshman year and taking numerous classes on Chinese politics, it instantly caught my attention.

Despite my parents’ expectation that I start working, keeping busy with a news internship at Bloomberg and my job hunt for a journalist position, the initial interest in Schwarzman Scholars remained

Seeing the announcement that the program was accepting applications, I knew I had to apply. It was an opportunity I couldn’t miss — to explore the political capital of the country that had captivated me for so long. While this experience will help me build relationships with young leaders from China and around the world, I hope it will also serve as an important foundation for my career as a writer on international affairs. Studying at Tsinghua University with such a talented, international cohort will be a galvanizing extension of aspirations that started with friends in Hong Kong many years ago.




You can also read reflections from Julian Busch (Germany)Emma Campbell-Mohn (USA)Tomas Fuentes Benitez (Argentina)Jintian Li (China)Blaise Buma (Cameroon) and Leyla Sudbury (United Kingdom).