Meet Dream Chaser: Rhea

Dream chasers come from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Each one has their own story to tell and their own lessons that they have learned. Read more on this dream chaser below.






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What is a dream you are chasing ?

1. Get proficient enough in Japanese to pass the JLPT N3
2. Visit every Disney and Harry Potter theme park.

How did you know this was your dream? What inspired it?

1. My love of manga, anime, J-pop/J-rock, and Japanese pop culture and fueled my desire to learn Japanese. I was inspired to go further than I did in college when Jason and I decided to visit Japan (his first, my second time). Since we plan to go back to Japan (as part of the #2 dream) and want to visit less touristy areas, I want to go even further.
2. I love Disney and love Harry Potter, so to try to get to all of them is a no-brainer for me. Plus, it gets me to cool cities along the way! ^_^

What are you doing to work towards your dream?

1. Been taking classes at Japanese American Society of Washington and trying to expose myself to Japanese every way I can (anime, manga, songs) in my spare time.
2. Making plans and learning Japanese. ^_^

What is 1 resource that was/is essential for your chase?

My family (for their encouragement and coming with me on my crazy journeys).

What obstacle(s) are in the path of your chase?

Time (classes can sometimes be at inconvenient times, balancing homework and study time with daily duties), Money (The parks and international travel aren’t cheap).

What is the best piece of advice you were given?

“F**k ’em” which basically means “Don’t be concerned with what others think. As long as you’re not hurting anyone, do your thing.”

What is 1 piece of advice you would give to a fellow dream chaser?

Ignore all the voices that give you reasons to put off following your dreams. Tomorrow becomes the past way too quickly.

Who is your role model and why?

I can’t just pick one. I’d have to say my mom and dad both inspire me. Dad through his continued artistic pursuits and travel. Mom for her attitude.

Favorite Quote:

Not really a quote, but I find myself reciting “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley rather frequently.

Favorite Movie:

The Craft

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Favorite Place to Visit:

Any Disney or Harry Potter theme park. Also, Japan.