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Blog:Aug, 2014

Students' Day at the American Embassy

Hikaru Wakabayashi
2nd year at the School of International Liberal Studies


On August 1 half past noon, I headed for the American Embassy on a humid train. I felt a bit nervous
and I kept checking the time. Upon my arrival, I passed through the strict security, I entered a room
with a stage decorated with red, white, and blue balloons, as well as some flags of American
universities around the interview booth. It was a very pleasant and welcoming atmosphere, and
it reminded me of the U.S. , which I had stayed during my elementary school years.
 

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Student`s Day, held by the American embassy invited approximately 60 Japanese students from
about 20 universities. There were a few students from each university, and all were in their last
stages for preparation to study abroad. The agenda for the day was: interview for the visa, a lecture
by an officer of the embassy, a talk by a staff of EducationUSA, a presentation by a Waseda student
currently doing an internship at the embassy, and a speech by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.
 

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Ambassador Kennedy expressed in her speech that the experience of studying abroad would
benefit not only ourselves, our country, but the world. She reflected back at her own experience
of studying in England, and emphasized that it was one of the best choices that she made in her life.
After the speech, three students chosen beforehand, including myself, were able to ask questions
to the ambassador. My question was: “What was your dream when you were young?” The Ambassador
answered that looking back, she had always wanted to do something for her country, to be part of
making the world a better place, and to live overseas. Thus, becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Japan
is indeed her dreams come true.

Being able to ask a question directly to Ambassador Kennedy just before my study abroad program
stimulated me a lot. First, it made me rethink the significance of studying abroad in the United States,
the opportunities and possibilities after coming back. Individual humans bond countries. I promised
myself that I would take all chances that I find in California. I also want to be aware of the fact that I
am a Waseda student, and a responsible person from Japan.
 

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Hikaru Wakabayashi in Waseda T-shirt, the second left in the second row


In addition to being able to participate in Students` Day, I had another happy episode. My mother
made a bracelet for the ambassador with the motifs from Japanese and American national flags with
Rozafi paper roses. I put the bracelet, my name card, and a short message card in a small bag and
brought it to the event. I was not able to give the gift to the ambassador directly, but I asked an officer
at the event if he could give the gift for me. In less than a week, the Embassy sent me an e-mail with a
thank you letter from the ambassador attached. In the card, the Ambassador thanked me for the gift
and also encouraged me to do my best in my study abroad program. I was surprised, happy, and
inspired, and I immediately called my mother. I felt the ambassador`s kindness, her humanity, and
professionalism.

I will gambaru:)
 

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Link of Ambassador Kennedy`s Speech and Q &A session
http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/p/tp-20140806-03.html
 

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