Arden is a Seattle native who admired the presence of UW growing up. For undergrad, he attended Western Washington University, switching quickly from theater to double-majoring in Japanese and linguistics. Arden was interested in every aspect of the Japanese language, winning a speech contest and a scholarship for three months intensive study in Tokyo during their first year at Western. He also worked for the Asia University America Program as a peer advisor to Japanese exchange students, and spent the last two years before grad school in Ishikawa, Japan, teaching English via the JET Program. It was during this time that Arden's interest shifted from linguistics to literature. Living in Japan, experiencing the change of seasons and the importance of the moment, having access to the museums and ancient shrines connecting the modern culture to the past, inspired him to explore the concept of mono no aware, the pity of things. It was this passion that finally led to achieving his dream of studying at the UW. He hopes to become a leading expert in the field of Heian-period literature and mono no aware, and someday use this knowledge as a teacher, inspiring future generations of scholars, writers and poets.
GSA President, 2020-2021
Duties: This office coordinates with the other officers responsible for various activities throughout the year, and calls elections when the new academic year begins.
Contact me if: You are interested in becoming an officer next year. You aren’t sure to which other officer to address your question.