Yoshi knew he wanted to study business in the U.S, but his government-funded scholarship only supported two years of schooling abroad. The son of two chefs then traveled to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to attend a two-year community college. Yoshi faced a language barrier but was undaunted: he began introducing himself to students and engaging in conversation whenever possible. Things got even better when a classmate took Yoshi to a number of campus activities that exposed him to even more people who were eager to help improve his English.
In 2014, Yoshi earned his associate's degree and enrolled at the Kelley School of Business to study business operations management.