Global and International Studies major
Nihon University, Summer I, 2016
I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan at Nihon University in the Summer I session of 2016. At Nihon University, I participated in an intensive Japanese language program, and greatly improved my Japanese language skills. In addition to classes, we also went on many field trips: to see traditional Kabuki Theater and to visit the Great Buddha and practice zazen meditation in Kamakura, visit the national diet building, visit numerous temples. And learn about Tokyo’s past and present history at many museums, to name a few. I also got the chance to explore Tokyo, which is a huge city with so much to offer. The staff at Nihon University made all of the students feel welcomed, and were eager to help us all with whatever problems we had.
Because the Japanese language students were on different campuses than the regular students, at first, I feared I wouldn’t have a chance to make Japanese friends. However, the office at Nihon set up language partners for any student that wanted one, and there were volunteers for our language classes. As a result, I feel that I have not only drastically improved my Japanese, but I also made lifelong friends.
Thanks to the President’s Grant for Study abroad as well as numerous other scholarships I received, I was able to have the experience of a lifetime. Without these scholarships, I would have never been able to study abroad and fulfill my goal of gaining fluency in Japanese. This program was only the first of two other upcoming study abroad programs I will undertake, and I am so grateful for the opportunity and the scholarships.
I highly encourage everyone to try to study abroad. Your outlook on life will change, and you will become a valuable asset to your future employer when you become globalized.