The turning point concerning exchange study:
In the second half of the semester of my freshman year, because my mark for listening was very bad, the teacher, Ms.Xu talked with me about the reason. After that, I questioned about the way to progress. The teacher said, "The input of language is important in hearing. If possible, exchange study is very good. In Japan, because people around you are talking Japanese, it is possible to get input quickly." So I decided to go to exchange study in Japan from that day.
The aims of exchange study:
My main aims are five. First, to make progress, I will study the curriculum in university earnestly and communicate with Japanese around me actively. Second, to understand Japan more deeply, I am going to work part-time to feel the society of Japan. Third, because the clubs of Kobe Shoin Woman's University are various, I am willing to join interesting clubs to make my life more colorful. Fourth, I want to live by myself in Japan to exercise my ability. Last but not least, I’ve decided to draw up plans about my future because of exchange study."
It is nearly half a year since I came to Kobe Shoin Women’s University. I’m living a full life here and I’m very satisfied with my lifestyle now.
At school, I try to balance subjects with community activities. I selected courses about Japanese grammar, education and culture as well as English. Teachers are very responsible for each student and they teach us with patience. After lessons, I always go to the library, which is full of treasure. By reading books, I have increased my understanding of the lessons which I have learned and also opened my mind. Besides, I took part in three clubs. First, I learned how to make coffee and desserts, and sell them with other members in the Volunteer Club. Second, I imagine I’m an announcer and practice pronunciation in the Broadcasting Club. Thirdly, I enjoy the sound of Zither in the Japanese Zither Club.
Besides the school, I have experienced much and improved in many skills in my daily life in Japan. Firstly, I improved my self-care ability. For example, by cooking for myself, I have become more interested in food and more skilled at cooking. Secondly, I have learned more about Japan through travel. Recently, I spent one week researching aging in Shimane and Nagano. I got more acquainted with the situation in mountain villages there. Thirdly, I got a part-time job in a convenience store and I have worked there for about one month. I became better at communicating with others in Japanese, and acquainted myself with Japanese convenience stores.
Now we are in spring holiday and I’m looking forward to the new term.
Time flies and my experience of study abroad will end soon. So I want to summarize my achievements from this experience and make plans for my future.
To begin with, let me introduce three achievements in this year. Firstly, I could feel Japanese culture by myself. I use my eyes to see and my ears to hear, so I came to a better understanding of Japan. Next, I raised my level of spoken Japanese, and I can think about how to speak Japanese more quickly, and then tell other people what I want to say in the right way. Last, while I am learning Japanese, I found that I don’t have a good understanding of Chinese and Chinese culture. Besides, it made me think that when I was a little girl, I was interested in classical Chinese culture. After I recognized this, I decided to learn Chinese and Chinese culture hard from now on.
Second, after I do my best to learn Chinese and Chinese culture, I want to be a teacher in the university who specializes in the comparison of Chinese culture and Japanese. In addition, I hope I can devote myself to protecting the environment. If I have enough time in the future, I want to learn about the environment in the university.
Last but not least, I think I have done my best and I trust in myself.