My parents came to the U.S. in their 20's back in the 1950's so that my father could pursue his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry. Always meaning to go back to Japan, my parents kept extending their stay because of the opportunities available to them. Before he retired at the age of 78, he had built a successful company through his many patents and employed many Americans. My Ph.D. in Biology has allowed me to do research in Japan, Canada and the US. It has opened many doors for me and enabled me to meet people I otherwise would not encounter. Although I am no longer an active researcher, this training has made me more analytical and persistent. No matter what you end up doing, it's safe to say that one will never regret having an education!