I have been interested in international interactions and environmental issues, also I was dreaming that I would study abroad when I became a university student since I was a high school student. However, because of the pandemic of Covid-19, I had to give up my dream to study abroad soon after I entered the university. While the pandemic has been stamped out, some of my friends applied for the exchange program when they were in second grade. Meanwhile they went abroad and study so hard in foreign countries, I thought that I will definitely regret that I gave up my dram just because of the Covid. Therefore, I also applied for the exchange program.
There are two aims of studying abroad for me.
Firstly, I want to broaden my perspective. I am now a student of university of Hyogo, and I’m in Global Business course. There are a lot of foreign students and I was studying with them and deepen interaction with them. Nevertheless, I have been in Japan, and interacting with foreigners who have big interests in Japan, so I have only seen the world in the majority side. Since I want to work in the international company, it is very important to experience to stand out in minority’s side. It will help me to become an international person.
Secondly, I want to learn new studies making use of what I studied in university of Hyogo. I have been interested in environmental studies and gender studies, but I have never learned them before. Hence, I want to learn those subjects from economical and management side that I have been studying. Evergreen state college which is my exchange university, has a lot of classes of gender issues and environmental issues. Moreover, there are many students who also have interests in environmental studies and gender studies, also there are many LGBTQ students in the college. It will be a great opportunity for me to study new subjects making use of my knowledge with them under the rich in nature.
There will be many difficult times for me to achieve my aims, but I will do my best in order to make it meaningful.