I wanted to study abroad in Japan because this has been my dream since I was a small child. I have always loved Japan and the history and culture it produces. I have traveled her many times, but always as a tourist. I have worked hard to be able to take this year to be a student in Japan and experience first hand what it is like to live, work, and be a part of Japanese daily life.
I've gone through some great times as well as difficult times during my time abroad in Japan. Being able to overcome the bad, I think, is a sign of me growing as a person. Not only am I away from my family, but any sort of familiar support system that I already know so well in my own country.
However, I have managed to find a new support system here. With my new friends, who are also away from their own countries, we have become a little community. I have really enjoyed getting to know about my new friends and experience new things with them. I hope we will stay in contact even when this time abroad is over.
My year abroad in Japan is almost over. This week is my last week of classes at Konan University. I am both happy and sad.
I have made many new friends from all over the world. I have been on fun travels, eaten good food, and see many theater shows at Takarazuka. However, I also miss my home and family, so I am excited to see them again soon.
My future goal is to finish my degree. I have one year left at University of Illinois. After, I think I will apply for JET, so I can come back to Japan. I will also use this next year to continue studying Japanese. I will take the JLPT in December, and want to pass N3 level.
My results of studying abroad have turned me into a better person. My Japanese has improved and I got to have a lot of fun. I have met people from all over the world. Thank you to all those who supported me before, during, and after this journey.