Atlanta International School, senior
From age 12 to age 15, Constance Noziere lived in Japan.
She and her family lived there because of her father’s job. Constance loved her experience in Japan and grew to know the language and the country extremely well.
The independence she had in Japan and the beautiful and unique culture were two parts of the country that Constance particularly enjoyed.
“The Japanese are very detail-oriented and pay a great deal of attention to aesthetics whether it is in food presentation, calligraphy, flower arrangements or traditional dressing,” Constance said.
For a school project at the Atlanta International School, Constance decided to write about her experiences in Japan.
“My friends were asking me a lot of questions about life in Japan — for instance, did I eat sushi every day?” Constance said. “So, I thought it would be a good idea to compile my experience into a travel guide.”
Her guidebook soon grew beyond the usual school project. She put all her extra time into the project. Writing it took more than a year, and preparing it for publication took another. But when she was done, she’d accomplished something few people her age have done. She’s published a book. It came out this month, according to Amazon.com.
“Japan: A Guide for Teenagers” details local customs and describes proper behavior for teenagers visiting Japan. One of Constance’s main goals when writing the guide was to help young people understand this often misunderstood country.
Her guide includes information a teenager might need, including recommendations on museums and restaurants to visit. Her suggestions are illustrated with photographs taken by Constance or by her family and friends.
Many destinations listed in the guide were among Constance’s favorite locations when she was living in Japan.
“My favorite restaurant is ‘Ninja,’ in Tokyo,” she said. “I like the concept of the restaurant being decorated like a ninja lair. The waiters, dressed as ninjas, literally climb up the balcony to your table, holding your dish in one hand.”
At AIS, the faculty and administration were impressed with Constance’s passion and dedication to creating this guide.
“Constance shines with the depth of her thoughts and the thoroughness of her work. Her work ethic is commendable,” said Edith Aubin, Constance’s French teacher.
Outside of class, Constance enjoys sailing and playing tennis. She also likes to spend her spare time with her friends and is an avid reader
A portion of her guide to Japan was published in “I love English,” a magazine for middle school students in France. Constance says she plans to donate the proceeds from the guide to help earthquake relief efforts through Habitat for Humanity.
Constance will attend Cornell University in the fall, with plans to major in chemistry. One of the main reasons she picked Cornell was because of its Japanese studies program.