Shinichi Inoue

What made you want to study at a U.S. university and CWRU in particular?
I first came to the States when I was a child and attended elementary, middle, and high school at various locations throughout Northern California. Honestly, Case Western wasn’t one of my top choices for university when I was in high school. It wasn’t until my then college admissions advisor recommended me to look into CWRU that I had my first contact with the school. I eventually selected Case Western with its small campus and student population, which allowed me to interact more closely with my peers and the faculty.

What is your favorite spot on campus, and why?
Tomlinson Hall is definitely a favorite spot of mine on campus, especially a good place to find peace and quiet when everyone is occupying Kelvin Smith Library during finals week. Another benefit of the location is that I can meet my friends and classmates there, no matter if they are on the south or north side of campus.

What do you miss most about your home country?
The weather is definitely something I miss about my home country. While it is great that Cleveland has a real winter with snow and everything, I am not a fan of experiencing all four seasons within a 12 hour time period at times.

How has your global perspective changed now that you have studied in the U.S.?
Diversity really stood out to me. It’s an interesting experience to work and study alongside with people from all corners of the globe. After spending 4 years as an undergrad at Case, I had many opportunities to work with people with different nationalities. I took that same experience and went abroad as part of the Global MBA and learned how to apply Western education while living in Asia.

Name one thing about studying in the States that you were surprised was actually true.
Studying in the States has taught me the importance of being part of the melting pot. There is always something new to learn about someone.