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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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PIANO LINE -Seattle Study Abroad Chronicles-

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Name: Yuki Iketsu
Period attended at Waseda University: April, 2007 to present
Affiliation at Waseda University: School of International Liberal Studies, 6th year
Host school: University of Washington (Seattle, Washington, USA)

 

For about a year, starting in September, 2010, I studied abroad in a city called Seattle, Washington, on the west coast of USA. I was a senior in college, and studying abroad was a big decision for me. I was a little worried about having to repeat a year when I get back to Japan, as well as about job-seeking. The decision-maker was the idea of this being my only chance to challenge myself overseas. 

So what is so great about studying abroad? I am currently in my 6th year as an undergraduate student. I was fortunate enough to receive job offers from multiple companies, and every day is very rich. I cannot say all of this is because of my study abroad, but I think I would not be what I am today if I did not make that decision to study abroad. 

The biggest change within me after the study abroad was my attitude to be responsible for my own life. Between age two and the end of middle school, I lived in three countries, for a total of ten years. Many people would think of me as an incredible global talent when I mention this, and I was not convinced. I had no motive toward living abroad back then; I felt I was simply going along with my parents. 

The purpose of my study abroad was to settle this within myself; my identity, life abroad, and the nature of what a global talent is. 

As ordinary as it may sound, the most important memories from my study abroad are the times spent with my friends.

A memory I cannot forget is from the time I spent hours speaking with my friends in the common room of a dorm. We shared a huge thing of ice cream we bought for a dollar (American size!), and spoke for hours without ever becoming bored. We sat at a sofa in the corner of the room. Other students were doing various things around us; some were laughing like we were, some were studying, and some were reading. And someone always played the piano there. A melody that I did not recognize quietly echoed throughout the room, giving an impression of a classy café. 

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With my friends in the common room

I realize today that a scene from an ordinary day like this was filled with incredible happiness. I experienced many things that cannot be experienced in Japan: traveling to Canada two weeks after arrival; dressing up in a costume for Halloween despite my age; going to see Ichiro’s baseball game twice; studying for about ten hours before a test; these are all fond memories. 

Another thing I learned and re-confirmed through my study abroad was about the connection and ties between people. I believe studying abroad is a valuable opportunity to realize that one cannot live alone. I think what support you in an unknown environment can be warm words from family and friends; it may also be the professor that shows you the way, nice at one moment and strict at another. In Seattle, I felt that no matter how high your goals are, it is very difficult to reach those goals without the help of others. At the same time, working at something alone feels very empty. I will never forget the appreciation I have towards the people I came in contact with in Seattle. 

If someone reading this is considering studying abroad, there is one thing I would like them to remember: just because you study abroad, it does not mean something will happen. Important memories, courage, and experiences do not come to you on their own; they are things you build on every day. I believe what was important about an experience is realized later on, and is hard to recognize when you are experiencing it. Therefore, in order not to miss any moment, please cherish each encounter, each effort, and each drop of tear. 

Enjoy every day 120%. Is this not the key to live a 120% meaningful study abroad? You decide what your “best” is, and what you call “success.” There is no “right way” of studying abroad. Please challenge yourself to do what you want to do, as much as you would like. There is nothing to fear. If you want it, and take action, you can be anything. Anything is possible. I strongly feel that believing this from your heart is how you become responsible for your own life. 

A side note; I still keep in touch with my good friends from abroad using Skype. The world has become very convenient (this statement may make a 6th year student seem old), and we can stay in contact as much as we wish. We decide on a time together and, unable to wait, I always log into Skype and start waiting five minutes before the decided time. My American friends are always on time, which is rare (this may be rude towards Americans), and always come online immediately. At that moment, we are always back in that common room. The room we ate ice cream and spoke at, someone’s piano echoing in the background. This memory of us will forever continue to support and lift my spirits in the years to come. 

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