Casimira "Cassie" Rodriguez ’19 MPA ’24, of San Bernardino, California, graduated cum laude in 2019 from Princeton’s Department of Politics with Certificates in East Asian Studies and the History and Practice of Diplomacy. She spent spring 2018 studying abroad at Doshisha University in Kyoto with the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, concentrating on Japanese language and politics. Following her semester abroad, she interned at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Washington, D.C., a Japanese foreign policy think tank, taking part in research on U.S.-Japan issues and helping facilitate U.S.-Japan exchange events. During her senior year, Rodriguez worked in Princeton’s Office of International Programs as a communications assistant and volunteered as a global ambassador. She is currently studying advanced Japanese in Yokohama at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (administered by Stanford University). Rodriguez was named a Blakemore Freeman Fellow in 2019 and awarded the full cost of tuition and living expenses for the program. She will return to Princeton in fall 2020 to start her MPA.