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9 Foreign Student Experiences

▥ Student A from Europe
I can hear the sound of insects and feel autumn is nearing. This means my year of study at Nara University of Education is coming to an end.
The time I've spent here has flown by so quickly. It feels like I came here a month ago, but in reality I have to go home soon. At first, I missed my family and friends back home and found it hard to overcome loneliness, but on the other hand, I was interested in the new environment and had a lot of fun.
I had visited Japan three times before coming to study at this university, but I really didn't know much when I first came here. It took me some time to get used to life in Japan, and many days were filled with a mixture of anxiety and excitement. I sometimes made silly mistakes, but I thought this was the best way to learn about Japanese culture. I was not the only one that felt awkward about the different customs of Japanese people. All the students were anxious, so we helped each other and had fun discovering Nara's attractions together. This made me feel better and more confident in living here.
My plan before coming to Japan was to make friends with some Japanese students in Japanese universities. However, I found my best friends from among those who came from other countries. I didn't know much about other countries but I came to be more interested in them through making friends from different places. There are students from all over the world living in the dormitory, and I became aware of many diversified and sometimes hard-to-understand customs. Through this, my interpretation of the world has changed enormously in just one year. Furthermore, I was surprised to see myself thinking more about my own culture and realized I should come to know it better. From this point of view, I think I have grown personally during this time spent studying in Japan.
I am really happy that I came to Nara. When I arrived here, I instantly liked it because it was very green and I thought I could experience the changing of the four seasons well. During my stay, I felt the intimate connection between humans and nature for more than when I was in Europe and I found numerous attractive features according to each season. I would like to introduce the way that Japanese people enjoy and love the individual seasons when I return home.
Autumn has always been the season that makes Japanese people feel melancholy since ancient times. I also feel that way because I will have to say good-bye to Nara and my friends here. I will certainly cherish the experience of my one-year stay in Japan as I look toward my future.

Nara National Museum
Nara National Museum
  Party at university
Party at university

▥ Student B from Europe (abstract)
I had a wonderful experience staying here, attending the university and living everyday life in Japan. I also had the good fortune to visit and explore many cultural sites I had only previously seen in books before coming to Japan (especially the ancient capitals and the amazing architecture of Nara and Kyoto), experience traditional culture (Bunraku, festivals and Kabuki), discover modern culture, and read about current issues. I'm going to really cherish my experience of living and learning in Japan, and even though it was only for one year, I made some true friends, whose friendship I will treasure for the rest of my life.

▥ Student C from Asia (abstract)
Despite having a busy everyday life, I found something that was fun and pleasurable each day. This was lunch in the university. The lunch offered at the Co-op is delicious and very nutritious. The staff of the Co-op try very hard to offer a variety of balanced, nutritious meals for university students. I'm the kind of person who doesn't cook often and doesn't pay much attention to nutrition, so daily lunch from the Co-op guarantees me the right nutritional intake.
When I am not able to relax, I often go to the university. When I walk across the quiet campus, I feel calm. Nara University of Education is not only a place for study but also a place of relaxation for me. I think I'll continue to be busy most days, but am looking forward to having more great experiences. I will continue to eat delicious food at the Co-op and study hard on this relaxing campus.

School trip for foreign students (Kyoto Imperial Palace)
School trip for foreign students (Kyoto Imperial Palace)
  University festival (foreign students' store)
University festival (foreign students' store)

▥ Student D from Asia (abstract)
When I started learning Japanese a few years ago, I coincidentally happened upon a TV program called "Deer in Nara" on the Discovery Channel. Then one day, I was really happy to be informed by the Japanese Embassy that I had been selected to go to Japan as an exchange student of Nara University of Education. The most impressive thing I experienced here was that I was expected to understand what the teacher was saying in real time in the lectures. This was completely different to the way I was used to studying Japanese in my own country. Consequently I had to try really hard in my study and I think it was very effective in improving my Japanese. Now I have become more interested in a variety of books, especially novels, and I would like to buy some before going back to my own country.
There have been a number of first-time experiences for me, too. One was snow. I went to Nagano and skied, and it was excellent. I took the shinkansen, the bullet train, which had long been my dream to not just look at, but travel on, and I truly enjoyed the experience. To be honest, I found it easier to talk with and understand older people than Japanese students of my age. Another great thing was that I was able to meet many foreign students from other countries. I think this one year will probably be the most important one of my life.

School trip for foreign students (Toro Ruins)
School trip for foreign students (Toro Ruins)
  Community safety workshop
Community safety workshop

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