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What Yuzzy Learned as a Visiting Scholar

Meet Yuzzy, a Visiting Scholar, now part of the Class of 2025.

January 17, 2024

Yuzzy Itaba, hailing from Japan, towards his home country’s education system which placed heavy emphasis on memorization. This concern led him on a unique journey to explore the realm of international education that landed him at Minerva University.

“I did not actually know about the Visiting Scholars Year (VSY) program when I first applied to Minerva. However, after my initial application to Minerva was rejected, a staff member reached out to me about VSY. I had a call with her where I was introduced in detail to the program and found it fascinating!”

He did not have a traditional educational path, starting from his disdain for the conventional Japanese school system since his junior high school years, which led him to complete his high school education in the UK. Yuzzy was driven by his passion for highlighting the diverse educational options that exist beyond Japan's borders. He sought to share his insights with the Japanese audience through various social media platforms.

Becoming a Visiting Scholar offered Yuzzy the opportunity to experience the Minerva model firsthand. Although not a part of the Class of 2025 cohort, he had the opportunity to attend the same classes. This enabled him to make an informed decision about whether Minerva’s unique approach to education was the right fit for him.

Yuzzy enjoyed the engaging classroom experience at Minerva, where memorization took a back seat, and active discussion and critical thinking took the lead. “What I loved most about Minerva was the unique way of learning, which involved no memorization, discussion-based classes, and critical thinking.” Yuzzy notes. This learning environment was a refreshing change for him and played a significant role in his decision to transition from a VSY student to a full-time student at Minerva.

However, it wasn't just the academics that persuaded Yuzzy to continue his journey with Minerva. The welcoming atmosphere and the diverse community of “incredibly intelligent, kind, welcoming, and open-minded” individuals left an impact on him.

Reflecting on his journey as a Visiting Scholar, Yuzzy urges prospective students to take the leap. His advice is simple: "You'll never gain anything if you don't take the challenge." His journey is a testament to his advice, demonstrating that sometimes, the unconventional path leads to the most rewarding destination.

As Yuzzy continues his educational journey at Minerva, he is committed to fostering a global perspective and sense of agency among his peers, encouraging them to chart their unique educational paths.

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

Yuzzy Itaba, hailing from Japan, towards his home country’s education system which placed heavy emphasis on memorization. This concern led him on a unique journey to explore the realm of international education that landed him at Minerva University.

“I did not actually know about the Visiting Scholars Year (VSY) program when I first applied to Minerva. However, after my initial application to Minerva was rejected, a staff member reached out to me about VSY. I had a call with her where I was introduced in detail to the program and found it fascinating!”

He did not have a traditional educational path, starting from his disdain for the conventional Japanese school system since his junior high school years, which led him to complete his high school education in the UK. Yuzzy was driven by his passion for highlighting the diverse educational options that exist beyond Japan's borders. He sought to share his insights with the Japanese audience through various social media platforms.

Becoming a Visiting Scholar offered Yuzzy the opportunity to experience the Minerva model firsthand. Although not a part of the Class of 2025 cohort, he had the opportunity to attend the same classes. This enabled him to make an informed decision about whether Minerva’s unique approach to education was the right fit for him.

Yuzzy enjoyed the engaging classroom experience at Minerva, where memorization took a back seat, and active discussion and critical thinking took the lead. “What I loved most about Minerva was the unique way of learning, which involved no memorization, discussion-based classes, and critical thinking.” Yuzzy notes. This learning environment was a refreshing change for him and played a significant role in his decision to transition from a VSY student to a full-time student at Minerva.

However, it wasn't just the academics that persuaded Yuzzy to continue his journey with Minerva. The welcoming atmosphere and the diverse community of “incredibly intelligent, kind, welcoming, and open-minded” individuals left an impact on him.

Reflecting on his journey as a Visiting Scholar, Yuzzy urges prospective students to take the leap. His advice is simple: "You'll never gain anything if you don't take the challenge." His journey is a testament to his advice, demonstrating that sometimes, the unconventional path leads to the most rewarding destination.

As Yuzzy continues his educational journey at Minerva, he is committed to fostering a global perspective and sense of agency among his peers, encouraging them to chart their unique educational paths.

Learn more about the Visiting Scholars Year at Minerva University.