I became interested in studying abroad when I visited Canada two years ago. In Canada, I went to language school every day where I met various people from all over the world. Through the time in Canada, I realized my point of view was too narrow and needed to be improved. During classes in the language school, I was also disappointed on how much I did not know about things. In a speaking class, even though I could speak English words and sentences, I could not discuss most subjects since I had little knowledge of them. I felt frustrated and realized the necessity of studying the contents as well as the language. This experience strongly influenced me to apply for this exchange program.
There are following three main purposes of this studying abroad. As I explained above, the first purpose is to widen my point of view and consider things in a flexible way. In Saint Martin’s University, there are many exchange students as well as American students. I would like to be exposed to diverse ways of thinking there. My second purpose is to learn not only the language, but also the contents. To use English as a tool, I want to improve my insufficient knowledge of the things around me. The last purpose is to cultivate the persistence to challenge myself in a different environment. I might encounter many hardships since it is my first time to try an undergraduate study abroad program and leave Japan for about a year. However, I will try my very best for these aims.