Two years ago, Riho Okamura left the city of Chiba, Japan (which is located just outside of Tokyo), in pursuit of her academic goals here in the United States. She found herself at Fresno State, where she is currently a junior, majoring in athletic training. Riho said she chose Fresno State in particular, for it’s acclaimed athletic training program and because the program was not available in any collegiate institutions back in Japan.

Take a few minutes to learn more about Riho’s journey from Japan to Fresno State!

Earlier this semester, Riho became one of 20 students to be admitted into the College of Health and Human Services’ (CHHS) inaugural cohort of Honors Scholars. This is a program designed to build collaboration skills and leadership. Students are introduced to the inter-disciplinary process in addressing health and human service needs, and are provided opportunities for advanced inter-professional studies. Honors scholars apply their learning in culmination projects of interdisciplinary assessment and evaluation that address the needs of the Central Valley. Students are invited to be a part of the program by their professors because they have exhibited a passion for their chosen field and have excelled in the classroom, earning a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Leaving her home in Japan and coming to America was a monumental step for Riho, but thanks in part to programs like our Honors Scholars program, Riho has been able to network with other high achieving Bulldogs from other academic fields within the College and learn more about the various academic disciplines offered within CHHS.

Learn more about Riho’s academic journey at the video link above! As with all of our students in CHHS, we wish Riho the absolute best and know she will continue on to become a wonderful LIVE WELL leader!