English and Japanese major
Doshisha University, Japan
Academic Year 2016-2017
I’ve been here for about two days now, and I have to admit, the homesickness is getting to me a lot more than I thought it would. I’m not able to get a Sim card for my phone until October, so I can only use Facebook on my laptop to communicate with friends and family for now, which is making it difficult for me to want to leave my dorm, but, believe me, going out and about is very, very important. I’m glad I got out today and found a store that has a nice selection of food, and once I get more money, I’ll be able to buy more food.
One thing that I was not prepared for when I arrived was finding out I had to pay the first two months of rent at the same time. I will be receiving the JASSO scholarship, which gives me 80,000 yen a month (about 800 dollars), but that won’t start until October, so it really freaked me out to know that, once I pay all my expenses, I’ll only have about 12,000 yen (120 dollars) to last me the rest of the month. It’ll be difficult to budget my money, especially when all I want to do is try new food and travel around, but I’ll have plenty of time for both after I start receiving my scholarship.
A lot of people I talked to, when I would tell them I’m nervous, would tell me that I would have the time of my life and it would be great, but no one really told me how to handle the homesickness. So, if I could give any piece of advice, when you’re feeling the lowest, that’s probably when you need to get out of your room. Even if you’re just walking aimlessly around (do pay attention to your surroundings, though, especially if you don’t have a map), it’s going to be a huge help. Fresh air is always a huge help when you’re feeling down, plus you’re learning the area, and you get to see all the shops.