Physics and Astronomy

  • Veronica Fried ’19, enjoying the sun in Santa Monica where she works as a translator for video game maker Naughty Dog.

Veronica Fried

“Don’t feel afraid about changing what you want to do and trying a new path.”




Japanese, East Asian Studies

Current Position

Localization Coordinator


Naughty Dog

Graduate School & Degree

MA, Localization Management. Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Favorite Ursinus Memory

I have a couple:

  • Running the Japan Club senior year, particularly the day we hosted the Tamagawa Taiko and Dance group
  • Senior physics lab + research classes; I was very proud of the presentation I put together for CoSA (on the wave-particle nature of light) as well as the final research paper I wrote (on baryonic oscillations)
  • Induction to the Modern Languages Honors Society
  • Living in a suite with 3 friends and doing regular movie nights, group dinners, and other activities with them

Impact of Ursinus

While at Ursinus, I realized how much I loved studying language and culture. Learning a new language is not easy and there were plenty of times I struggled. However I’m grateful for all the opportunities I had - such as doing special research with the Japanese professors and studying abroad - because it all propelled me into a high level of language learning in a very short time, and solidified my desire to pursue languages as a career.

Piece of Advice

Don’t feel afraid about changing what you want to do and trying a new path. Even if you come in with a plan, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to stick to it forever. If there’s something you’re interested in but haven’t pursued before, college is the time to explore it. Take classes, join clubs, go to activities and learn more about yourself and see what you do or don’t like. You might end up somewhere very different than where you started, but it’s worth it if you’re on a path that’s more authentic to you.