A Fresh View: A Busy Start

Hello friends! I am Yuzuka Akasaka, the ineffably ecstatic first-year blogger for A Fresh View. As I happily stumble through the beautiful hot mess that is the first chapter of my college life, I hope y’all will enjoy the Brown experience with me through the blog posts. I am sending love and good vibes to every single one of you from my new home, Providence, Rhode Island. 

During my first few weeks back at Brown, especially this week, my life has been immensely busy, and two rather big events happened for me: my birthday and my workshop for E(RACE)D.

My birthday was this Thursday! I was very busy that day, so I ended up having my birthday dinner with my friends on Friday evening at Fellini Pizzeria on Wickenden St., a nearby street with delicious foods and quirky stores. Afterwards, one of my friends surprised me with an ice cream cake from Ben & Jerry’s. Later on in the evening, we watched a live screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Two of my friends had seen it before, and were excited about the live screening; the movie left me feeling very confused afterwards.

My kind parents sent me a care package and flowers; the flowers were arranged to look like a dog surrounded by flowers. I teared up when I read the sweet note.

My friend surprised me with an ice cream cake.
My friend surprised me with an ice cream cake.
My lovely parents sent me flowers, a balloon, and a kind note.

E(RACE)D is a conference that aims to unpack the Asian American experience, and I co-facilitated a workshop on internalized racism. To find out more about the conference, check out the link: http://eraced.me/! This semester, I’m hoping to learn more about and become more involved in the Asian American, Women of Color, and Japanese communities, and co-facilitating a workshop for E(RACE)D was one of my first steps for that goal. I am very thankful for my co-facilitator, and that the workshop went well. I was emailed that I would facilitate a workshop right before winter break ended, so my co-facilitator and I scrambled to decide content, research, and create an engaging PowerPoint in about two weeks. It took up a large portion of my first two weeks back at Brown, so I am relieved that it is over, but also incredibly happy that I was able to delve into the topic.

Here is my co-facilitator and I after our workshop. We were happy that it went so well.

I am anxious but pumped about this semester; I feel that the first few weeks have been indicative of the immense learning and packed schedule that will shape the rest of my semester.


Yuzuka Akasaka

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for my next blog post, feel free to email me at yuzuka_akasaka@brown.edu. Have a lovely day!


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