ABINGTON, Pa. — Penn State Abington alumnus James Gavin expected that studying in Japan for one week during his spring 2018 semester would be life-changing — and it was, but not for the reasons one might think. While he was there, he met the woman who will soon be his wife.
Blair Che was a student Seinan Gakuin University who volunteered to greet the Abington group upon their arrival at the airport in Japan.
“We really hit it off that first day and by the time we all were having a joint dinner between Abington and Seinan students that night, Dr. (Ross) Brinkert even joked, ‘Our welcome dinner has turned into a group first date!’ Ends up he was right,” Gavin said.
Gavin graduated from Penn State with a degree in history. An Army veteran who serves in the Reserves, he is currently enrolled in graduate school at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.
“This was actually my third overseas trip with Abington. The first two were to the United Kingdom. While those trips were amazing in their own right, nothing quite compares to my Japanese experience,” Gavin laughed. “We owe meeting each other to Penn State Abington.”