After serving four years in the US Navy, Barrett Brown attended Rice University in Houston, TX, majoring in both Linguistics and English. While at Rice, Barrett spent a year in Japan (his second time living there) studying Japanese language and linguistics at Joochi Daigaku in Tokyo. He moved to Seattle after graduation, teaching English language first to corporate clients, and then at a small language school, eventually becoming a director there. He returned to Texas in 2008 to pursue his pilot’s license and various ratings before beginning the Master’s Program in International Affairs at The Bush School of Government and Public Service. There he is in the national security track and is very interested in Southeast Asian affairs. He hopes to join the Foreign Service after graduation. Barrett enjoys music (both listening and playing), film, books, cooking, and of course, travel. This will be his first time in Indonesia, and he’s an absolute beginner at speaking Indonesian, but he’s looking forward to actively absorbing both the language and culture.