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What Noyuri Learned as a Visiting Scholar

Meet Noyuri, a Visiting Scholar, now part of the Class of 2026.

January 24, 2024

Noyuri’s life journey took a turn when she was accepted into Minerva's Visiting Scholars Year (VSY) program. Passionate about security engineering, she found a way to channel her interests into practical, real-world problem-solving through the program.

Hailing from Japan, Noyuri was homeschooled, and she longed for an opportunity to engage in active learning and express her thoughts and ideas to a larger audience. She initially applied for Minerva's four-year bachelor's program, but it was the VSY program that ultimately opened the door for her to experience a unique blend of physical and online learning.

“I was homeschooled for my entire life before coming to Minerva. I loved having flexibility in schedules and study pace, but I missed opportunities to output my thoughts and ideas to other people. Most of my study was passive reading and memory tests, which did not much intrigue me academically. Minerva’s active learning education resonated with me a lot since it was the best of both worlds - physical school and homeschooling.”

As a visiting scholar, Noyuri immersed herself in studying the problems within her local community, where she has been living for over 18 years. She thoroughly enjoyed Minerva's location-based assignments, as they allowed her to uncover and seek solutions for problems in her city.

In one notable project for her Empirical Analysis class, she conducted a study on food insecurity among low-income households in her city. She proposed the implementation of a free breakfast program in public middle schools. “Through this assignment, I was able to deepen my knowledge on the city government's policies and therefore organize an action plan that best suits the current state of my city.” said Noyuri.

Interaction with fellow VSY students from all over the world was another aspect that Noyuri cherished. “Although we were all located in different cities, we frequently texted each other, hosted online study sessions, and even planned offline meetups. Spontaneous conversations outside the class helped us get to know each other, which eventually contributed to building strong bonds among students and having a strong sense of the VSY community.”

Her time as a VSY also brought her valuable experiences in teamwork and cross-cultural communication. As a team lead in a project involving students from four different countries, she developed crucial communication skills that she now applies in her current project management role in her summer internship.

For those considering becoming a Visiting Scholar, Noyuri's advice is clear: “Embrace communication. Attend events, meet people, ask questions, and keep reaching out. Studying at Minerva is a challenging yet rewarding journey that equips students with transferable skills for any field. Each student, like you, can contribute to the eye-opening experiences that shape the community's learning experience.”

Learn more about the Visiting Scholars Year at Minerva University.

Quick Facts

Name
Country
Class
Major

Social Sciences & Business

Business & Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Computational Sciences & Social Sciences

Computer Science & Arts and Humanities

Business and Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Arts and Humanities

Business, Social Sciences

Business & Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences, Natural Sciences

Data Science, Statistics

Computational Sciences

Business

Computational Sciences, Data Science

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Business, Natural Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Computational Sciences, Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Science

Social Sciences, Business

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Science

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Science, Statistic Natural Sciences

Business & Social Sciences

Computational Science, Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Business

Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Arts and Humanities

Computational Science

Minor

Computational Science & Business

Economics

Social Sciences

Concentration

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence & Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Designing Societies & New Ventures

Strategic Finance & Data Science and Statistics

Brand Management and Designing Societies

Data Science & Economics

Machine Learning

Cells, Organisms, Data Science, Statistics

Arts & Literature and Historical Forces

Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science

Cells and Organisms, Mind and Emotion

Economics, Physics

Managing Operational Complexity and Strategic Finance

Global Development Studies and Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Scalable Growth, Designing Societies

Business

Drug Discovery Research, Designing and Implementing Policies

Historical Forces, Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Artificial Intelligence, Psychology

Designing Solutions, Data Science and Statistics

Data Science and Statistic, Theoretical Foundations of Natural Science

Strategic Finance, Politics, Government, and Society

Data Analysis, Cognition

Brand Management

Data Science and Statistics & Economics

Cognitive Science & Economics

Data Science and Statistics and Contemporary Knowledge Discovery

Internship
Higia Technologies
Project Development and Marketing Analyst Intern at VIVITA, a Mistletoe company
Business Development Intern, DoSomething.org
Business Analyst, Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

Conversation

Noyuri’s life journey took a turn when she was accepted into Minerva's Visiting Scholars Year (VSY) program. Passionate about security engineering, she found a way to channel her interests into practical, real-world problem-solving through the program.

Hailing from Japan, Noyuri was homeschooled, and she longed for an opportunity to engage in active learning and express her thoughts and ideas to a larger audience. She initially applied for Minerva's four-year bachelor's program, but it was the VSY program that ultimately opened the door for her to experience a unique blend of physical and online learning.

“I was homeschooled for my entire life before coming to Minerva. I loved having flexibility in schedules and study pace, but I missed opportunities to output my thoughts and ideas to other people. Most of my study was passive reading and memory tests, which did not much intrigue me academically. Minerva’s active learning education resonated with me a lot since it was the best of both worlds - physical school and homeschooling.”

As a visiting scholar, Noyuri immersed herself in studying the problems within her local community, where she has been living for over 18 years. She thoroughly enjoyed Minerva's location-based assignments, as they allowed her to uncover and seek solutions for problems in her city.

In one notable project for her Empirical Analysis class, she conducted a study on food insecurity among low-income households in her city. She proposed the implementation of a free breakfast program in public middle schools. “Through this assignment, I was able to deepen my knowledge on the city government's policies and therefore organize an action plan that best suits the current state of my city.” said Noyuri.

Interaction with fellow VSY students from all over the world was another aspect that Noyuri cherished. “Although we were all located in different cities, we frequently texted each other, hosted online study sessions, and even planned offline meetups. Spontaneous conversations outside the class helped us get to know each other, which eventually contributed to building strong bonds among students and having a strong sense of the VSY community.”

Her time as a VSY also brought her valuable experiences in teamwork and cross-cultural communication. As a team lead in a project involving students from four different countries, she developed crucial communication skills that she now applies in her current project management role in her summer internship.

For those considering becoming a Visiting Scholar, Noyuri's advice is clear: “Embrace communication. Attend events, meet people, ask questions, and keep reaching out. Studying at Minerva is a challenging yet rewarding journey that equips students with transferable skills for any field. Each student, like you, can contribute to the eye-opening experiences that shape the community's learning experience.”

Learn more about the Visiting Scholars Year at Minerva University.