Waseda University is located in one of the biggest cities in the
world, Tokyo. I am not really accustomed to a city school (hey, I am
from University of Illinois), so I don't know how I will like it. I did
have a chance to visit one of the campuses when I was in Japan three
years ago. It is rather beautiful considering the concrete playground
In order to really submerge myself in Japanese culture (if there is
any left in Tokyo), I have chosen to live with a Japanese family again.
This can be particularly challenging considering the differences in
customs between American families and any other families in the world.
Furthermore, I have not lived at home for over three years, so I am not
accustomed to having parents around. I expect to get into some
discussions about curfews and dating and phone usage. While these things
seem small, they can add up to some real problems.
I am truly excited about the prospect of a year in Japan. I can't
wait to go and see some of my old friends. I am also excited about
making new friends and going new places. This time I have prepared
myself for speaking Japanese and really learning something about the
I do have some pretty clear objectives for my year abroad. I am very
privileged to get the scholarship from Rotary and also gain admission to
Waseda, so I plan to use my time wisely. Please read a short essay that I used for my application to
Waseda. If you have any questions or ideas that you would like to add to
my grand plan, let me know. I want this to be enlightening for more
people than just myself.