Although she's been a part of the JETAA Chicago team for a long time, we would like to formally introduce our Wisconsin Subchapter Representative, Adrianna Cruz! She's been doing an excellent job keeping our WI Subchapter engaged by hosting quarterly meetings, JETogethers and more. Take a look below at Adrianna's officer profile to learn about her motivations, values and goals.
Our Wisconsin Subchapter Representative, Adrianna Cruz (she/her), was an ALT in Kyoto Prefecture from 2009-2014.
Tell us more about your JET experience.
I spent 5 exciting years living in Fukuchiyama-shi in northern Kyoto. I taught as an ALT in two High Schools and one special needs school. Since I lived in the countryside, I was able to connect with many of the locals to learn and experience the language and culture. Many of my best memories happened in Japan on the JET Program, and I am grateful to have made so many amazing friends there.
When did you join/how long have you been on the JETAA Board? What positions have you held?
WI Subchapter Representative since 2019
What inspired you to step up as a leader and join the JETAA Chicago Board?
I always enjoyed attending the Wisconsin meetings. I could reminisce about Japan and it was fun to travel to other cities around the state and meet up with others to do something new. I hope our subchapter can stay strong and active, so when Joette asked if I could start planning some meetings, of course I said yes.
Describe your officer duties and what you are looking forward to in regard to your responsibilities.
Our subchapter is fairly small, but I enjoy planning the quarterly meetings, the activities at Anime Milwaukee, and other JETogethers. When I can, traveling down to Chicago for events is always fun, as well.
What is one goal you would like to accomplish as an officer of JETAA Chicago, or something that you are looking forward to being a part of?
I have enjoyed connecting with other JETs and organizing ways for us all to be involved in Wisconsin post-JET. Getting connected for events like Japan Fest and Anime Milwaukee panels has been rewarding.
For you, what sparks joy?
- Japanese Food
- Good music
- Learning languages
What is your favorite Japanese "thing" near where you live now (and/or in the Midwest)?
While Mitsuwa is in Illinois, taking a road trip there is always a yearly activity.