Tyler Rhodes '10 received a Freeman-ASIA Award to study in Japan in the fall of 2008.
Your hometown? Sycamore, Illinois
Why Wesleyan? Of all the schools I visited, it had great general appeal and offered Japanese (the latter being a major requirement for the college I would attend).
Your major? International Studies-Asian Studies
Favorite professor or class? Modern Japan with Prof. Lutze
After Wesleyan? I would really like to return to Japan and teach English with the JET program.
Biggest thrill? Spending a semester in Japan (the whole thing was a thrill).
For fun? I play badminton recreationally and I enjoy bowling on occasion. I also spend time just chatting with international students on Friday nights.
The best? Arrested Development is by far the most intelligent and hilarious comedy I have ever seen.
Favorite book? I really love the book of James in the New Testament. It's full of some very useful and inspiring principles for practical life application and I try to draw from them as much as I can.
Favorite movie? The Last Samurai. It's actually what got me interested in Japan in the first place.
Favorite band? Probably the Black Mages. They re-make songs from the video game series “Final Fantasy” into rock songs and they do a very good job of it, too.
Favorite quote "Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world." — James 1:27
Tyler Rhodes
Tyler Rhodes has been involved with the student group DRL (Death, Resurrection and Life) and plays intramural badminton at Illinois Wesleyan.

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