Due to the fact that I spent 1996-97 studying abroad in Japan, I am
now a year behind in my studies at the University of Illinois. In
Japanese, the term "5th year student" gives one the impression that a
student is either slow or just lazy. Therefore I had to teach my friends
the English term "
which makes us long-termers sound kind of
cool. Whether or not my experience in Japan and this last year in
Illinois will prove fruitful for me I do not know. I shall read each
journal entry with anxiety and anticipation.