Nanzan in a Nutshell [Final Report]

日本での留学生活を送る中で時間が立つのが速いと実感するようになった。 It was when I was studying for my Japanese for Communication final that I rediscovered this example sentence I had written for homework. Y'know, one of those sentences that you write because it's appropriately cheesy at the beginning of the year when you're taking the 'studying abroad for a whole semester' pill with a… Continue reading Nanzan in a Nutshell [Final Report]

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Infiltrating the Japanese Family Unit

I know it's strange to introduce you to my host family ten weeks into the program, but it's taken this long for me to go from 'honored house guest' to '(host) family member.' It wasn't that the family excluded me. They've been nothing but friendly, polite and sensitive to my needs. As I've mentioned before, it can… Continue reading Infiltrating the Japanese Family Unit

On (not) Making Friends in Japan

The study abroad program representative with the big grin and flashy powerpoint will tell you to befriend the locals to make the most of your study abroad. I've seen many an extroverted classmate get buddy-buddy with the natives (sometimes snagging a romantic partner!) and reap the benefits of more natural Japanese, knowledge of the latest… Continue reading On (not) Making Friends in Japan

No Midterm Murder Mystery this Year

I didn't have many positive things to say about classes at Nanzan last time I spoke about them, but that doesn't mean my whole school experience here is miserable. The semester started with great disappointment and a little bit of regret, which tinted my view of everything: people, classes, activities, etc. Getting into the midterm… Continue reading No Midterm Murder Mystery this Year

Nanzan the Tortoise

I should have taken the hint during the application process when several of my emails requesting a paper copy of the Fall 2015 Nanzan CJS application went unanswered, neither confirming that the application had been sent nor the time I could expect it to arrive. Yet again when I wired the tuition fees to the… Continue reading Nanzan the Tortoise

Culture Shock It To Me

I used my week-long vacation from Korean class to make a trip to Japan, where I learned that Japan is the worst place to relax. Feeling the pressure to maintain the careful balance of Japanese society-- to do things the Japanese way--caused enough tension to warrant another vacation to recover from my vacation (but that… Continue reading Culture Shock It To Me