Mackenzie Neal began studying Japanese in high school and has continued to explore the Japanese language and culture during her time at the College. A Government major with a minor in East Asian Studies, her research interests include Japanese soft-power politics and Asia/Pacific security architecture. She has served as a TA for the Japanese Language Program and was the 2017 recipient of the Kinyo Prize for Excellence in Japanese at the advanced level. Mackenzie has used her Japanese language skills in internships with the U.S. Department of State and the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. She is currently conducting research on Japanese “apology fatigue” and international apology dynamics for her senior seminar on the political psychology of international relations. Mackenzie will continue studying Japanese in Washington, D.C. after graduation.