Anna Takahama arrived at Bryant’s campus for her first day as the new Assistant Director of CSI about three weeks ago. She has worked at MIT where she worked with Greek life as a graduate intern.
Anna received her bachelor’s degree in art and photography from Bridgewater State University and then got her Master’s degree in Higher Education, specifically student affairs from Northeastern.
While she was getting her Master’s degree at Northeastern, she was working in their Law school admissions office. She said if anyone is looking to apply to law school and needs help they should stop by to see her because she can answer all your questions about the process.
Growing up in Raynham, MA and going to college in the same town as her high school, made working and going to school in Boston an eye opening experience for Anna. Speaking of eye opening, one of Anna’s favorite hobbies is to people watch whenever she is going somewhere. So if you catch her staring at you, it is because you are doing something weird or interesting! Anna says that two of the best places to people watch are South Station or Harvard Square in Boston.
When Anna was younger, about four or five years old, she collected a number of different sized rocks and proceeded to sell them to her neighbors. She ended up profiting about $5. Good thing she is now working at a business school!
Not only is she a great entrepreneur but when Anna was younger she was very innovative. After her parents repeatedly wouldn’t let her have a pet, she found a few worms and put them in a bucket, creating her very own worm farm. As she got older, she began traveling outside the United States. Some of her destinations included Portugal, Honduras, and Japan about nine times.
When asked about her aspirations and goals for the future, Anna said that she would like to stay at Bryant for awhile because she really likes it, but would like to own her own business one day. She said that it would most likely be a photography business, not only because that is what she has a degree in, but also because she finds it intriguing to do different social norms experiments with people.
At Bryant Anna is responsible for all clubs and organizations, specifically the academic and special interest clubs and organizations. She happens to be fluent in Japanese after many years of Japanese school, so if that is something that interests you or your’re learning Japanese at Bryant, come by to chat with her but be sure to bring one of her favorite snacks; either apple chips or a Twix bar.
Anna finds working in student affairs a great deal of fun. She really enjoys watching students figure out who they are while experiencing college just as she did when she was our age.