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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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I Want to Go Again!

Name: Charlotte Dawes
Home Institute
: New York University
Enrollment year and status at Waseda University: Waseda Summer Session, June-July 2014

Summary of experience  
After thoroughly researching study abroad opportunities in Japan, I stumbled upon the Waseda
Summer Program and immediately began my application essay. Waseda University seemed like the
perfect location, size, and timing for an unusual and fulfilling academic experience. The summer
program exceeded my expectations. I learned so much about Japanese history and culture in the
classes at Waseda as I was able to immerse myself in the incredible city of Tokyo. One of the most
valuable aspects of the program was making friends with students from Australia, Singapore, China,
Taiwan, Hong Kong, England, the Netherlands, and so many other places. I learned that exploring
Japanese culture as an American is so different from learning about it with people from other


Charlotte, second from right

Dorm and school facilities
The Waseda campus was easy to access from the dorms and we were escorted to campus the first
day so that we could figure out the route on our own. In no time I felt like a campus regular! The dorms
were extremely clean and organized and we had a communal kitchen to hang out and cook in.


I took culture and history classes with a professor from Hong Kong and a professor from Texas. In the
culture class we explored the Japanese sense of self; the teacher touched on interesting topics such
as psychology and family. In the history course, we explored the globalization of Japanese popular
culture and its implications on race, environmental science, and gender.

Japanese culture
As an American, it is one thing to visit Europe or South America, but visiting Japan felt more foreign
than any other place I have visited or experienced in my life. Learning and adjusting to mundane
manners and etiquette was important and I felt like I learned so much so fast. I learned a lot about
kindness, sharing, and the importance of community. It was also extremely fascinating to observe
gender roles in Japan.
The class field trip to Kamakura/Hakone was really fun and a great bonding experience. Travelling
as a big group was a nice change of pace and we were given a lot of freedom to explore on our own
as well. 


Other highlights of living in Tokyo were eating the food and exploring Japanese fashion. Even the
inexpensive food I bought on the streets was extremely high quality and delicious. I could have an
amazing ramen or sushi meal for so cheap and feel so satisfied. I miss the incredible quality of
Japanese food every day! I went to some amazing art galleries and museums including the Mori Art
Museum and the Cup Noodles museum. I even went to a concert at Billboard Live, attended a baseball
game, and visited Tokyo Disneyland! I loved Japanese street style and going to all the department
stores and vintage stores. I bought some amazing clothing that I would not be able to find anywhere
else in the world or even on the Internet. Tokyo is truly the most unique and amazing place I have ever
visited and I am so happy I could have Waseda as a host and was able to learn about Japan in
academic and urban settings. I want to go again!



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