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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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Blog:Dec, 2013

Studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia

Name: Noriko Uchiki
Graduated in 2008, School of Commerce
Currently in a Master of Communication majoring in Public Relations and
Professional Communication at the University of Queensland, Australia


To my right is my friend, Keila

After graduating from Waseda University’s School of Commerce, I found a job in a Japanese
IT company, and experienced working in sales for 5 years. I quit the company in hope to have
a career change to the field of public relations. Starting July 2013, I have been studying at the 
University of Queensland.

It all started with an open subject course at Waseda University

I first encountered the subject of PR in the “Public Relations Overview” course given at Waseda
University by Dr. Takashi Inoue, a visiting professor. At that time, "Public Relations" was
incorrectly translated into Japanese as "koho" (public information), which is used to describe
the one-way dispatching of "Public Information” of notices about
election day or the tax payment
day. In reality, “Public Relations” is an extremely strong study field covering economics, sociology,
business administration, psychology, political
science, and over 20 study domains.

("Public Relations" by Takashi Inoue, published by Nihon-Hyoronsya)
I learned that this is a growing field with many possibilities, and I wanted to study it
systematically abroad one day. It took me a while to decide between the US, England, and
Australia, but in the end I chose Australia, as the length of the program was just right, and
because I had been there to home stay when I was a junior high student.

A wide range of English programs in the University of Queensland

How to improve your English skills is a problem, even after admission to a foreign university.
At UQ, there are many programs and services that do not translate to credits, and these were
very helpful at the beginning of my study abroad. The Chat Mates program I participated in
helped me improve my English conversation skills in a casual environment. Every week,
international students can learn conversational English in groups with 2-3 leaders (student
volunteers that basically speak English as a first language). It was a great way for me to spend
time between classes talking to students of different majors at cafes or on the field. Other than
this Chat Mates program, there are services where you can improve your Academic English,
and where you can discuss areas which you personally need improvement on.


Chat Mates at a café on campus


With my classmates

Participatory video making in class lead to my interest in community radio

In the course “Media, ICTs and Social Change”, I had to make a participatory video as part
of an assignment. I learned about not only how to make a participatory video, but how fun it
can be to communicate what you are thinking to other people via Social Media or Community
Media. I looked for places where my ‘voice’ could be heard, outside the campus, and I found
4EB FM, a local radio station in Brisbane. 4EB FM broadcasts radio programs in more than
50 languages. Production and broadcasting the programs are all done by volunteers. I just
started to take part in the Japanese program as a volunteer, and I think this experience leading
to a job in PR, is not only possible, but has a lot of potential. According to Peter Rohweder, the
Station Manager, in the next 2 years, the building will expand in size, and the equipment will
improve, so I hope that I can help in the process of 4EB’s expansion.


In the course “Media, ICTs and Social Change”


Peter Rohweder, the Station Manager


Recording the Japanese program

To people thinking about studying abroad in the future

Studying abroad is no doubt one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life. The more
you think about doing it or not, you want to hear about experiences others have had abroad.
As for me, I searched around the Australian embassy website to find out about an alumni
event for the University of Queensland students in Japan, and I got to meet many people and
hear their stories about the university. Even after leaving to Australia, the people I met there
have been a great support for me. I hope that I can give out information about my study abroad
again during my last year abroad.

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