What do Kosei girls really think?
Here you can read about our students’ real experiences and struggles
Respondents: SG ClassStudent Experience Survey
- QDo you want to work on the global stage in the future? Do you think that there will be the need to do so?
- QWill you attend a university that places an emphasis on globalization?
- QDo you want to engage in further research activities or charity work?
- QDid the fieldwork you carried out at high school have an influence on your choice of university major?
- QDo you think that carrying out fieldwork can be linked to university acceptance through the recommendation process?
As part of our regular school life, we are required to write essays in English, prepare PowerPoints in English and make presentations. We are really kept busy! When making presentations, we receive detailed advice from our teachers, however, we also learn a lot through watching our classmates’ presentations as well. I have gradually gained the confidence to speak in front of others.
Through the overseas fieldwork that I have carried out with Kosei, I have come to feel that Japanese people should have more interaction with people of different cultural backgrounds. I feel that we really don’t have enough chances to do so here in Japan. Through experiencing everyday life in different countries, and living alongside people from various cultural backgrounds, I learned how important it is to be able to live in a multi-cultural environment. I want to be able to tell more and more people about this in the future. I will use the knowledge and skills that I gained at high school as motivation for my future studies and work!
SG class students have the chance to eat at various difference ethnic restaurants with their teachers. We ate food from Myanmar and Cambodia and at first I was worried because I have never tried such food before. However, they were so delicious! It was great to experience different cultures through their cuisines!
As part of our International Culture course we learned about the development of Japanese culture. Up until that point, we had learned about many different countries’ cultures. However, after that class I realized that in order to understand other cultures we first have to understand our own country’s culture. It helped me to change the way I think about cultural differences and how I compare Japan with other countries.
For me, the most precious memory was meeting the Karen villagers in Thailand. Living alongside nature, they looked to be happier than us! Even now, a lot of mountain tribe members are stateless. I wondered why they aren’t recognized as being the nationals of a particular country. Why is there no way for them to gain citizenship? Encountered with these questions that I had never considered before, I became eager to carry out my fieldwork research.
The six weeks we spent at the University of London in our third year of high school felt both long and short. The professors gave us so much work to do, and it felt like we were always up against a deadline. However, knowing that we only had a short amount of time to make the most of the library, the language school facilities, and our time with our host families and new friends meant that it was all the more precious. In London, we had to do everything for ourselves. We had to be careful with our time keeping as there were no bells at the school and we had a strict curfew. It was important to have a watch on you at all times! The knowledge that we gained during these six weeks will be of use not just for our research, but for our future as well. Through these experiences, I was able to gain time management skills that I would not have been able to have gained as a regular high school student.