Amy graduated from Southwestern University in 2009 with an International Studies major concentrating on East Asia and a disciplinary focus in political science. After Southwestern, she accepted an English teaching position with the JET Program, which places native English speakers in public schools all over Japan. She taught English to elementary and junior high students in northern Japan for two years, during which time she also learned conversational Japanese. In September, she left Japan to enroll in a language program in Taiwan. She is currently a Chinese language student at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan city.