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The Thunderfhrd Monday, January 23, 1984 Page 7 Nakae gains new freedoms by Lanai Greenhalgh Theres nothing more free than America. That was the belief that led Mitsue Nakae from her home in Kyoto, Japan to the United States in 1982. She wanted to gain an education, and to begin a new life. At the age of 19, alone and unable to speak the English language, Nakae entered America. Her plans were to learn English while attending the Community College in Boulder, Co. and to get a degree in psychology. Nakae said she learned first-han- d what Americans were like. When I got to Boulder, I looked for the school where I was to stay. I got lost over there. I saw a lady and asked her to help me. She called but the dorm was closed. So she took me home. By accident, I had gained an American family, she said. After attending college in Colorado for almost a year, Nakae moved to California. She resided there for only a short time before making the decision to attend SUSC. Its so beautiful here in Cedar City, she said. After enrolling as a sophomore at SUSC, she changed her major from psychology to archeology. Psychology is so dark and deep. It is not my interest, she said. She joined the Geology Club and began taking field trips to see the country. many more opportunities for growth and education in the United States. Nakae admits she is still having problems with her speech. In Japan you must take three years of English. But they only teach words and grammar, not sentences. I need my dictionary to know what to say, she said. Nakae said she is saddened by leaving her family behind, but knows the importance of an education. In Japan, if you cant have the money, you dont go to school. Theres no opportunity in Japan. The biggest problem with higher education in Japan, she said, was that if students quit school because they didnt have the money to continue, they had to begin all over again. They couldnt start where they left off. Nakae found that she had many interests she ' could pursue in America. Im learning the piano and my American mother taught me to quilt. Ive only skied three times, but I like it, too. She said she believes in trying everything she can do. Japan is similar to the United States in that they both are very religious countries. Im not any religion, Nakae said. In Japan, we cant tell what is pure. The Buddhists mix with other religions and change the beliefs. Nakae plans to return to California this fall to continue her education in archaeology. A tradition of Japan, she explained, is that we like the concept of famous universities. I want to go to one. She is interested in the study of ancient Egypt or Greece, and possibly making discoveries there. She worries that she wont have the money to go to these places after graduation. So I want to become an airline stewardess and make good money. That way, I can travel around the world, she said. Nakae wishes her mother would have the opportunity to attend college. She is so smart, but she didnt go to junior high or high school. I know if she was in America, she could go to the university too, she said. Going back to her home country isnt in the plans for the future. Nakae is very happy in America and said she has many friends. I still write to my American mother in Boulder, too, she said. Posada is always on by Laura Wearing Where does the art of acting end? For some it doesnt, but rather becomes a part of their life. Pat Posadas warm, vivacious character and overwhelming sense of humor are readily apparent to those who meet him. He has the unique quality of being able to take his acting off the stage and apply it to his life. Hes always on. Posada is a senior at SUSC majoring in Theatre Arts with a minor in Communications and has been here for a year and a half. He previously attended Amarillo Texas College where he obtained his associate degree. Posada is now working on his bachelors degree in theatre arts, as well as being actively involved with forensics. In addition, he has performed in a few of SUSCs major theatre productions, including A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Lion in Winter, and Bamum. He also is involved in the Shakespearean Festival costume tour which travels the state. Posada is a native of San Francisco, but moved to Texas in 1975 and became involved in various theatrical projects including entertainment, stand- pre-sho- w up comedy acts, various commercials for record companies, a music video, playing as an extra in the movie Sunshine Christmas, and performing on stage with Bob Hope. Along with these experiences, Posada recorded an LP two summers ago entitled Look Around. In addition to his acting he enjoys playing tennis, which he taught while in Texas. Posada has received many acting awards including the Irene Ryan award, the Aamco award for excellence in acting, the best actor award from Amarillo College, and is named in Whos Who in American Colleges. He enjoys traveling and said school involvement in forensics, debate and theatre arts has enabled me to see a lot of new places. Posada plans to attend graduate school following at SUSC. Currently he is attending auditions for grad school through the University Resident Theatre Association. I enjoy acting because of the artistic freedom and what it can bring me professionally, Posada said, adding unabashedly as well as being a good way to make a lot of money. Pat Posada, a theatre major, applies his work on stage to his life off stage.