From Metropolis Magazine
Where are you from?
What brought you to Japan?
My best friend at NYU was a Japanese-Colombian, who was there on a Fulbright Fellowship. After graduation, he returned to Tokyo to become the production manager for a major broadband contents company. About a year later, he called me to come over for a consulting project.
Tell us a bit about what you do.
In my admissions counseling work, I provide cross-cultural coaching, writing and interview training to a select handful of clients as they apply to top US, UK and European business and law school programs. I have also helped many clients secure Fulbright Awards.
What hurdles do Japanese students face when applying to universities abroad?
Top schools all say they look at academics (the numbers), leadership and teamwork (career and community), personal qualities and communication skills (essays and interviews). But if they all want the same things, why are the results so varied? Schools play games, and I help translate and localize the ever-changing rules for a Japanese audience.
Tell us about your favorite place in Tokyo.
Our son was born in Mejiro, so I have a fondness for that neighborhood. We lived near the Toden Arakawa line (Tokyo’s sole remaining streetcar). On sunny afternoons, my son and I would ride the entire line, from Waseda to Minowabashi. Rolling along through hidden parts of old Tokyo always reminded me why I live in Japan.
My great love is music, especially the bass guitar. I enjoy getting to know a culture and its language through music. Whenever we travel around Japan (or anywhere in the world), I always keep my ears open for that one true sound, that truly transcendent story. What’s yours?
- Updated by Vince on 11 Mar 2016
I have been a full-time international graduate admissions consultant since 2002
Based in Tokyo, Japan, I help clients around the world
In 2007, I launched VincePrep because I wanted to help the best candidates aiming for the top schools
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