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  1. Career
    1. My One and Only
    2. Interning at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
    3. S. Takata Memorial Research Library and My Research Theme
    4. Building a Career in Japan - Don't let the Japanese people beat you in linguistic skills and cultural comprehension -
    5. 67 years after World War II
    6. What is a life plan? From the National Bar Exam to becoming a painter
    7. Job-hunting experience note -Receiving a job offer from the first-choice company is not a dream-
    8. Job-hunting experience note -Self-analysis is about "Constructing one-self"-
    9. The skill-levels of world-class top talents are extremely high. That is why, in order to compete against the world, ambition and aspiration is necessary.
    10. Japan's passport did not come falling from the skies. Fight now for the respect of the future Japanese.
    11. OECD Internship Report
    12. Settling down in Waseda
    13. Be true to yourself, boldly step forward into the things that excite you!
    14. Job Hunting experience notes
    15. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    16. Using My experiences from Waseda,
    17. Waseda:An everlasting bond
    18. Recent report from Denmark
    19. Submission from WiN member (Recent Report)
    20. Memories of Waseda
    21. My experience at Waseda
    22. My time at Waseda University
    23. Teaching Position at Korea University
  1. Event Reports
    1. C21 Tokyo Challenge
    2. Enjoying a taste of South-East Asia: Vietnamese Bánh Mì Sandwiches and Milo
    3. Looking Back on the "Go Global Japan" English Presentation Contest
    4. Student Visa Day at the American Embassy
    5. 3rd Place Finish in the "Hong Kong Cup"
    6. Students' Day at the American Embassy
    7. ASIAN STUDENTS ENVIRONMENT PLATFORM 2012: Environmental field studies by students from Japan, China, and Korea
    8. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 2: Non-academic conference learning
    9. Reflections on the Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 Part 1: Academic conference learning
    10. The 7th Foreigner's Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition: Waseda University student performers' questionnaire interview
    11. [Event] Universitas 21 Undergraduate Research Conference 2012 at Waseda University - ended in a great success!
  1. Gourmet
    1. What Do You Do With a Major in Ramen?
  1. Others
    1. "Ship for South East Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP)"
    2. Exchange Students from US Reunite at Waseda after 30 years
    3. "Like" WiN on Facebook!
    4. WiN Blog starts
  1. Sports
    1. Learning How "To Think" Through Waseda University's Track & Field
    2. Participating in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
    3. "Participating in the XXV Winter Universiade Games (2011/Erzurum)"
    4. My experience with Waseda's American Football Bukatsu
  1. Study Abroad
    1. Shifting Cultivation and the Challenge of Sustainability in Mopungchuket Village, India
    2. Building the TOMODACHI Generation
    3. Kakehashi Project Report
    4. The Double Degree Program at Peking University
    5. Camping and Snowshoeing in Canada
    6. An Encouragement of two-stages approach to study abroad
    7. Studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia
    8. A new kind of Study Abroad
    9. 14-Day Short term Study Abroad Program in Chowgule College, Goa - "What can I do? What can they do? What can you do?"
    10. From Tsugaru strait to the African highest peak Kilimanjaro
    11. PIANO LINE -Seattle Study Abroad Chronicles-
    12. In Finland, as an Artist and a Researcher
    13. What I learned about China through Shanghai Fudan University
    14. Why are those who've experienced study abroad programs a little different? -Full Japanese SILS student reveals the whole story of studying abroad -
    15. China, The Neighboring Country You Do Not Know ~ My Encounter at Peking University ~
    16. Study Abroad Experience Notes
    17. C'est la vie! This is life! Work hard, Play hard.
    18. Study abroad @ Taiwan
    19. Study abroad @ Beijing
  1. Study in Japan
    1. Visiting the Prime Minister's Residene
    2. IPS Summer School 2016: Culture Meets Culture
    3. The World is Smaller than We Think
    4. Waseda Summer 2016
    5. The Opportunity of a Lifetime
    6. Experiencing Village Life at Kijimadaira
    7. A Fantastic Opportunity
    8. A Rewarding Experience
    9. An Amazing Experience
    10. Take Me Wonder by Wonder
    11. I Couldn't Ask for More
    12. Another Kokusaibu Story
    13. SAKURA Exchange Program in Science
    14. I Want to Go Again!
    15. More than Good Sushi
    16. Immersive Experience into the Japanese Culture
    17. 40 Years of Memories in a Photo
    18. Experiencing Everything First Hand
    19. Waseda Summer Session wasn't like any other Summer Camp
    20. Looking Forward to the Past
    21. Weeding a Rice Paddy ~Field Trip to Niigata~
    22. Japan Study Students to Waseda: A message from the class of 1983-84
    23. Developing Medical and Welfare Robots ~The Challenges of Kabe Laboratory, Faculty of Human Sciences~
    24. Recollecting experiences of Exchange Programme at Waseda
    25. Kuroda Kazuo Interview: About Studying in Japan
  1. Volunteer Activity
    1. Taking the first step in volunteering
    2. "Volunteer experience in earthquake-hit area Natori"
    3. "The Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Volunteering"
    4. How my perspective changed through volunteering
    5. Tohoku Volunteer
    6. Great East Japan Earthquake    "Fumbaro East Japan Support Project"

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C'est la vie! This is life! Work hard, Play hard.

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      Biting on my baguette in front of Notre Dame Cathedral         
                                                                       

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Name: Mayo Iizuka
Period Attended at Waseda: 2007.4 to present
Affiliation/Program at Waseda: School of Political Science and Economics
Host School:Institute of Political Studies in Paris - Sciences Po Paris


C’est la vie!
    I studied at l’Institut des Estudes Politique(Sciences Po Paris), France for one year from the summer of my third year at Waseda. Since I had already studied in the United States before, I wanted to have a perspective other than “American way of thinking”. I started to look for European universities at the CIE, and found Sciences Po on the list by chance. Sciences Po is one of the most prestigious schools called “Grandes Ecoles” and has number of alumnus who is active in the political field. More than 40% of the students are from foreign countries and they offer a lot of courses of social studies both in English and in French. I was attracted by these features, and decided to apply for study abroad.

Ce n’est pas facile…
    Before leaving Japan, we, the students on exchange program, were required to prepare everything by ourselves. Prior to the application, I visited the office of Sciences Po at Waseda and had some advice from one of the researchers from France. I talked to one of those who had studied at Sciences Po two years before, and met up with some girls from France. I took some courses outside of school as well as usual courses at Waseda to improve my French.
    I went to the French Embassy in Japan for visa application. Some conditions had been revised just before my departure and I called the Embassy directly to make sure that my bank account could work as my income certificate. Then they said “It depends” and I needed to go to the Embassy office to ask this question. It was so confusing to reach the Embassy that I could not make it on time. After some complicated process, I finally obtained my student visa. I realized how tough it was to begin something.

Quelle Chance!
    At the beginning, language barrier, complicated public systems and assignments at school gave me huge stress.
    The first task I faced was to issue the visitor’s card. At the immigration office, a woman talked to me in French so fast that I could hardly understand what she had said. If you communicate with someone with dignified attitude, you will be treated nicely. If not, the result is the other way around.. Since I did not have confidence in my French, I tried repeating the phrases that are often used, and speak as if I can speak French fluently. These efforts enable me to go through formalities smoothly, and to enjoy communication with French people on the street.
    At school, the courses were very hard. In the seminar courses, we always have someone’s presentations, discussion in class and teacher’s lecture. All the French students as well as international students were incredibly enthusiastic and they always have something to say in class. I have done many paper works, presentations, and exams. I realized that I lack the logical way of thinking and presentation skill as well as language skill, both English and French. Since then, I prepared carefully prior to the lecture and tried speaking up in classroom. When I had hard time, I tried not to be depressed. Rather, I tried to feel that I was lucky to have such an opportunity and to find other solutions.

La Vie est Belle!
    Although I have spent most of the time studying during the school year, I enjoyed my personal life in Paris. Parties with my classmates on weekends are great memories. I enjoyed the unique events in Paris, such as Paris Fashion Week and Roland Garros. As there is always something going on in Paris, I have never gotten bored living in that city. I adored the cozy ambience inside the museum and I visited some exhibitions after school.
    On weekends and during the breaks, I traveled in France and some Western European countries. During the summer, I have visited some places that I would never have gone if I had not been in Europe. I visited Turkey, Syria and Jordan without plan. I enjoyed calm days in Greece with my French buddies and a short-term-internship in Algeria. I have learned many things from the local people on my trip. With the supports from my family and friends and teachers, I spent precious time in this year. I think walking on one’s own feet and communicating with others is challenging but significant. My experience in this year will always be my precious memory and serve as a driving force of my life in the future.

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At  Versaille Palace


 

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