Cat Trager

Cat Trager

Degree/Year: Japanese, 2016
Employer name: City Year Detroit
Position/Title: AmeriCorps Member
City/State: Detroit, Michigan

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As an AmeriCorps Member, I serve as a near-peer mentor and math tutor for 7th and 8th grade students in a Detroit public school. Every day, I support my partner teacher’s math class and tutor students individually or in small groups.

MSU’s Japanese program helped me develop a strong cultural competency surrounding Japan.


MSU’s Japanese program helped me develop a strong cultural competency surrounding Japan. I found those skills were easily translated to my new community in Detroit, whose members
I am constantly learning from.

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