A Message to Future Students from Abroad
“If you come here to study, don’t waste time feeling embarrassed or squirming in your seat; I think it is much better to get out there and take action. I really recommend that you start studying English as soon, and as hard, as you can!”
Mai makes the most of every moment of school and out of school life. Once a week, she catches a bus by herself into the city and heads to the State Library to participate in the free group English lesson to increase her opportunity to communicate in English. “I am the youngest in the group, but I have made a promise to myself to speak up at least twice each lesson, even if my English is a bit crazy.”
Recently, Mai even got the chance to experience being a volunteer and teaching Japanese calligraphy at a community event. “I wanted to share a part of Japanese culture so it was a really good experience for me. It was my first time to be a volunteer. I really want to continue improving my English ability while I broaden my interactions with people by taking part in all sorts of volunteer activities, not just relating to Japan.”
Mai says that when she was in Japan, she was the type of person who didn’t really have an opinion, but this is one of her goals of
studying abroad. “Through this experience of studying abroad, I want to become the type of person who can say ‘This is what I think’ and ‘I am this kind of person’; someone who can say it like it is.” That is why Mai wants to understand not only her own way of thinking, but the thought processes of all sorts of people; taking part in community activities is a really valuable opportunity to understand the value of people. “In reality, there are people from all over the world gathered here and I have come to realise that there isn’t just one way of thinking. I want to become a person who is adaptable to all sorts of things.”
After graduating from high school, Mai wants broaden her global mentality by studying at university and she says that she wants to become a Japanese person who is globally active. She is also interested in working for the United Nations.