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留学先    :College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University    
学部・学科  :外国語学部 英語コミュニケーション学科 国際ビジネスコミュニケーション専攻     
留学期間   :2021年8月31日~2022年5月10日           
氏名・学年  :L・Dさん(留学時期:2年生後期-3年生前期) 



Study Abroad Experience

School: College of Saint Benedict/ Saint John's University

Period: August 31, 2021 - May 10, 2022

    It has been almost three weeks, and I still reminisce every single moment of my study abroad journey. From the struggle, we went through at the beginning of August getting lots of papers ready at the last minute to all the precious memories I made with the wonderful people I met. Even with the tough readings and writing I have done, I miss it, which is weird because I hated those when I was there. Things that I thought were nonsense for me also stuck in my head showing how these nine months were worth it and proving that I made the right decision to join this school and apply for this program. This journey made me realize a lot of things about myself and the place where I live.

     First of all, college life was different from what we experience here in Japan. The bond each student has with each other and also with their professors was marvelous. As I mentioned, I had difficulties adjusting to the education system in the U.S., especially with the number of readings and writings they gave for homework. However, the close relationship that the professors have with the students helped me a lot in adjusting to the American education style. As opposed to Japanese professors, American professors are often more open, including in their personal lives, which allows students and professors to become closer and approachable when students need help. I loved how students casually talk to the professors not just about school but also about their private life. Hearing the professor sharing about their weekends, and lives, and merely seeing students casually calling the professor's name and hugging them makes me feel how easygoing the people are in the U.S. and that made me feel relieved to approach the professor anytime I have a question. The most surprising interaction I saw between students and professors was when I went to a football game. The professor was also having fun cheering the team and students shouted the professor's name and wrapped their arms around the prof saying jokes as if they were friends. It may be a culture shock at first sight but I was jealous of the relationship they had. Schools in Japan often do not have this kind of relationship because respecting elderly people and high power distance are common in Japanese culture. Most professors are unapproachable and joking around is out of the question. Thus even if I had a question, I often wondered if it was appropriate to ask, and ended up not being able to ask it. On the other hand, the professors in the U.S. were very friendly, and I can easily ask them anything, no matter how trivial it may seem. I was surprised to see people asking easy questions or even just repeating what the professors said to clarify that their understanding was right. In Japan, asking a question about what the professors explained shows that they were not listening to their lecture and are seen as disrespectful and impolite, however, in the U.S., people generally do it, and professors kindly answer it with no hesitation. This openness helped me with my studies and even with my daily life. It made me realize that we should not be ashamed of asking but we should be ashamed of not asking.

    Another struggle I had was adjusting to the low-context culture. Since America has the opposite culture from Japan, they are used to vocalizing everything, and reading between the lines wasn't common. When I first came I expected people to give us special treatment or at least call us out when we are having a discussion so that we can join in easily. However, since everyone loves talking and if we do not tell them that we are struggling and we need help, people will not do anything and they will keep going on with the conversation. At first, it was stressful because I thought it was normal that they should know we are struggling without mentioning it since we are exchange students, but I guess that was just a cultural thing too. I was trapped in the culture I grew up in and it prevented me from adapting to a new culture. However, I overcame this by making this situation a game where I decide at least how many times I am going to speak once a day, and if I cannot, there will be a punishment. This motivated me and the culture itself became a practice to speak for myself and be independent which I thought I had but turned out I did not at all. Not just in school activities but also when making friends, it is important to initiate the first move. You have to ask them out and you have to actively participate in extracurricular activities. Since everyone lives on campus, many people participate in those events so it will be a great opportunity to make lots of friends and to practice English by vocalizing all the knowledge you have and asking friends for help.

    Last but not least, these nine months made me realize that my identity was being shaped by the social norm in Japan where people are trapped by stereotypes. Since Japan is full of rules, such as clothing, behaviors, and appearance, it was hard for me to be myself or to figure out who I really am because of the fear of being judged. However, the freedom I had in the U.S. gave me a chance to do soul searching and embrace myself to the fullest. At first, I had difficulty challenging new things and was shy most of the time, but my friends' words gave me courage. " Nobody cares, just be you", it may seem harsh to some people but hearing this word from many people pushed me from my comfort zone and helped me with no hesitation. There will always be cheers for you, no matter what you do, even if you make a mistake and feel ashamed, and this atmosphere gave me comfort to do anything I want and made me love myself more. There is so much emphasis on self-love and self-awareness in the U.S. that there are events where students will do activities to practice self-love, and that struck me as being pretty cool since it gives us an opportunity to make positive behavioral changes that can result in greater personal and interpersonal accomplishment.

    I will conclude this report by leaving advice that I believe everyone should hear. Firstly, if you are hesitating to study abroad because you are scared then you shouldn't be. This paper itself will guarantee that you will not lose anything. In fact you will gain a lot. Studying abroad is not just a place to learn English, it is a place for you to figure out about yourself and your country as well. Secondly, For students who are going to study abroad, get out of your comfort zone and seize every moment and encounter. Time really flies by so do not waste it by staying inside the box. It is your chance to think outside the box and do anything you want with no judgment of others. As long as you're not doing illegal, keep trying new things, and be exposed to U.S. culture.


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    This is a photo I took when I went to a party with my friends. As I mentioned earlier in the report, this was one of the moment where I initiated the first move and ask my friend to help me meet new people. When I open up to my friend that I was struggling making friends since everyone has their own circle already, she invited me to a party with no hesitation and introduced me to lots of her friend. This move I made changed my life and made my stay more fun. Looking forward to hearing you guys' experience!

留学先    :College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University    
学部・学科  :外国語学部 英語コミュニケーション学科 国際ビジネスコミュニケーション専攻     
留学期間   :2021年8月31日~2022年5月10日           
氏名・学年  :S・Mさん(留学時期:3年生後期-4年生前期)



                9ヶ月の重み


大学名:セントジョンズ・セントベネディクト大学
期間:2021年8月31日〜2022年5月10日


 文京学院大学に入学した当初は思いもしなかった9ヶ月のアメリカ交換留学も、今となっては終わったこととなり、無事日本に帰国してはや3週間が経ちました。アメリカにいた間には気が付かなかったことにも、今となって初めて気づき、日々友人に会いたい気持ちと共に生きています。そんな内容の濃い交換留学を振り返りながらこの留学体験レポートを書かせていただきます。 
 アメリカに行って自分の英語力を高めることと友達をたくさん作ること、アメリカの文化を生で体験して学ぶこと、そして現地の授業にしっかりついて行くことを目標に、不安と期待で胸をいっぱいにして出発したことを昨日のことかのように今でも覚えています。
 向こうでは前期に5個、後期に3個の計8個の授業を履修してきました。最初は向こうの授業のスタイルや予習量について行くので精一杯で、毎日大量にあるリーディングと話すのがとても速いクラスメイトに悩まされていました。ディスカッションベースの授業スタイルは予習でリーティング課題をしっかり読んで理解しておくことが大前提としてあり、それができていないと授業内で発言することが非常に困難になってしまいます。また、クラスメイトも同じ教室にいる以上、みんな英語できるものだと判断しているため、ネイティブの人と話す時と同じように自分に話してきますが、それが速かったり、スラングの連発だったり、聞き取るのに苦労しました。そして、一日平均で2-3時間ほど予習リーディングに当てることは人生初の試みで、その大変さはいつまでも忘れないと思います。そのリーディングの量と授業のスタイルに慣れて来ると、ディスカッションにしっかり参加できるようになり、クラスメイトに自分の意見を聞いてもらえるようになりました。その頃から、リーディングが苦痛から快楽へと変わりました。授業内で教授やクラスメイトと意見をぶつけ合ったり、異なる観点を見つけられたりと、非常に興味深い授業ばかりでした
 友人のおかげで、生活面では苦労することがあまりありませんでした。アメリカは車社会だとよく言われていますが、SJUでは車がないと信じられないほど不便です。そして、GASP生は留学中、車の運転を禁じられているため、自分では運転できません。外出するにはリンクバスでCSBに行って、それからさらにバスに乗ってやっとモールに行けるのですが、モール行きのバスは週末しかありません。そんな時に、親切に助けてくれる友人が身近にいてくれて本当によかったと感じています。そんな親切な友人たちですが、彼らとの日常会話にもたくさん悩まされました。基本的にみんな話す速度が速い上に、授業ではあまり聞かないスラングばかりを使います。最初のうちは本当にスラング専門の授業を履修したいと思うくらいに、みんなが何を言っているか全く理解できませんでした。しかし、それも時間が経つにつれて少しずつ理解できるようになったり、みんなの話の中に割り込んで入れるようになったりして、さらに仲が深まりました。彼らの存在は私にとってとても大きなものでした。一人で寂しくなんかするような機会を一切与えてくれない彼らのおかげで、私はホームシックにあまりならずに済んだと思います。また、出発前に一番心配していた食事に飽きてしまう問題も、彼らが解決してくれました。中華料理を食べに連れてってくれたり、お母さんの手料理を持ってきてくれたり、私が食べたことのないものを食べに連れってくれたりと、本当に彼らのおかげで充実した食生活を過ごすことができました。彼らがいなかったら私の留学生活はこれほど面白く、思い出深いものにならなかったと信じています。
 英語力を高めること、友達をたくさん作ること、アメリカの文化を生で体験して学ぶこと、そして現地の授業について行くことが留学前に建てた目標でしたが、今振り返ってみて、全部達成できたと自己評価しています。英語力は出発前と比較してだいぶ上がったと思います。全体的に4技能を鍛えてくれる非常に有意義な留学でしたが、中でも特にリスニングが伸びたと思います。その点に関しては話すのが速いクラスメイトと友人に感謝しています。また、最初は現地の授業についていくことが難しかったですが、割と早い段階で慣れることができて、ついていけるようになったので、これも達成できたと考えます。友達もたくさん作ることができましたし、彼らからアメリカ文化を学び、体験しました。何より、彼らと友情を結べたことが今回の留学の最大の収穫だと考えています。文京学院大学に留学に来る友人もたくさんいて、再会できる日が待ち遠しいです。
 今回の留学で得たものはたくさんあり、どれも大切なことだと思います。この充実した9ヶ月間から学んだこと、高められたコミュニケーション力、すぐに行動する力を今後の就職活動と残り少ない大学生活で精一杯発揮して、自分の望むような将来を手に入れたいと思います。この9ヶ月間は間違いなく過去の人生の中で最も重みがあり、最も充実し、最も有意義な9ヶ月間でした。


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写真は友人のケビンとサムが空港まで送ってくれた時のものです。

留学先    :College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University    
学部・学科  :外国語学部 英語コミュニケーション学科 国際ビジネスコミュニケーション専攻     
留学期間   :2021年8月31日~2022年5月10日           
氏名・学年  :N・Dさん(留学時期:3年生後期-4年生前期) 


School:College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Period:August 2021 - May 2022

1. Class
    It took me time to get used to the education style at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University (CSB/SJU). While I was already warned that I had to read a lot, share my opinion, and be expected to participate actively, it wasn't easy to switch in a click and become a new person. I did not know if I could just speak out to say what I am thinking, I did not know how to prepare for class, and I did not know what I had to do. I was just sitting in class and listening to what other students had to say and nodding to pretend that I understood or agreed with what they were saying at first. However, as time went by, I got a hunch about what I had to do and found myself talking in class and having fun discussing with my classmates. I even learned how to read effectively, and was able to prepare for class without suffering as much as I was at the beginning of the program.



2. Dorm Life

    It was my first time living away from my parents. While I was excited to be away from them, I had a really hard time adjusting to doing everything alone, especially in the dorm. I didn't have a bathroom and a washer in my own room, so I had to share with everyone who was living on the same floor. There was vandalization of the facility and people don't follow rules. Therefore, things didn't go the way I wanted to, and I had a hard time getting used to living in a dorm. I hated that I had to walk down the hallway to go to the bathroom or to take a shower, I also hated that I had to go to the lower level to do my laundry, and I hated having neighbors being loud at night on weekdays. Living in the dorm made me realize how I was living an easy life with my parents. I appreciated my parents and the environment I had back home.


3. Weather
    When I first got to Minnesota the weather was so nice. It was sunny and warm, but most of the time it was very cold and snowing. It hurt when my skin was showing, my ears were red, and my eyes teared every time I was outside. Snow was exciting when it just started, but after a while, I got sick of it and couldn't wait for spring to come. However, spring was not as bright as I thought. The weather was sure nice and warm, but the snow was just starting to melt and it was muddy everywhere. I wish I could have stayed longer to experience and see the spring with green and flowers.


4. Free Time
    When I am not in class or not studying, I hang out with friends. They took me out to the town to experience restaurants/foods that aren't in Japan, went to parties, did activities on campus, and so much more. Being on campus all the time can sound boring, but there are always activities and events to join in free time.



5. Growth
    After about nine months of being in the States to study, I think I have learned and grown a lot. I used to be very shy and quiet when meeting new people or when I am with people I am not close with, but I now enjoy having conversations in those situations. I also used to hesitate to ask questions and for help from others, but I learned the importance of support. My list of growth can go on, but the biggest compliment I get after coming back to Japan is that I have become brighter, confident, and better at communicating. I am glad that people can see the growth I have made throughout my experience, and that I have made the most of my time at CSB/SJU.



6. Memory
    A picture from our farewell dinner. The Center of Global Education in CSB/SJU held a dinner for us exchange students. We invited a few of our friends and had a great time. They were the people who made my experience extraordinarily, and I am thankful I got to know them. I hope to see them again in the near future :)

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文京学院大学ではアメリカ人チューターが在籍し、授業のアシスタントやチャットラウンジなどで文京生の英語学習のサポートをしています。本当であれば昨年8月に来日予定だった新チューターのMs. Amberですが、新型コロナウイルスの水際対策による入国制限の関係で、来日ができずにおりました。そんなAmberですが、ようやく来日が叶い晴れてスタッフの一員になりましたので、自己紹介をしてもらいます。
例年のチューター同様、彼女も姉妹校の「セントベネディクト・セントジョンズ大学」の卒業生です。これまでアメリカ留学に行った文京生のお世話をしてくれていたので、見覚えのある方もいるかもしれません。

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Hello, my name is Amber Rudenick and I am a tutor in the GSI office. I graduated from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University (CSB/SJU) in Minnesota, U.S.A., last May. My major was Biochemistry, and my minors were Japanese and Asian Studies. I am really looking forward to working at BGU as a tutor, and meeting all of the BGU students! Unfortunately due to Coronavirus, I have had to wait a long time until I was able to enter Japan, but that makes me even more excited to finally be here now! When I was in college I worked at CSB/SJU's Center for Global Education, so you may recognize me because I have often worked with BGU students in the past. Last year I assisted with the BSIS online program, and in past years I have worked as an orientation leader and mentor for exchange students who come to CSB/SJU, as well as designing and hosting events and excursions for the international students on campus. I am looking forward to meeting all the BGU students, so please stop by the GSI office and say "hi"!

こんにちは、GSIオフィスのチューターのAmber Rudenick (アンバー ルデニック)です。私は、昨年5月にアメリカのミネソタ州にあるセントジョンズ・セントベネディクト大学(CSB/SJU)を卒業しました。主専攻は生化学で副専攻が日本語とアジア地域の研究でした。文京のチューターとして働くことを、そして文京生と会えるのをとても楽しみにしていました。残念ながら新型コロナウイルスの影響で、来日まで長い時間を待たなければなりませんでしたが、やっと日本に来られてとてもワクワクしています!CSBSJUのCenter for Global Education(文京のGSIオフィスのようなもの)で働いており、その際、留学に来ていた文京生とよく会っていたので、私を知っている人もいるかもしれませんね。昨年はBSIS(CSBSJUの文京生特別プログラム)のオンラインプログラムを手伝い、過去数年はCSB/SJUに来る交換留学生のオリエンテーションリーダーやメンターとして、キャンパス内の留学生のためのイベントやエクスカーションを企画・主催してきました。文京生の皆さんと会えるのを楽しみにしているので、GSIオフィスに立ち寄って、気軽に話しかけて下さいね。

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Some of my hobbies include playing the piano, playing volleyball, traveling, and collecting house plants. I have around 100 house plants at home that I take care of, and over 60 different varieties! I have traveled to 10 different countries, and hope to continue to visit more! At my house I have a black and brown miniature dachshund named Gracie, who is 12 years old!

趣味は、ピアノ、バレーボール、旅行、観葉植物集めなどです。自宅には100個くらいの観葉植物があって、60種類以上育てていました。今まで10カ国を旅してきましたが、これからももっと色々な国に行きたいと思っています。実家には、黒と茶色のミニチュアダックスフンドのグレイシーがいます!この子は12歳です。






When I was a student, I was able to study abroad at Southwest University in Chongqing, China for a science research program during the summer of 2018! During my time there I used PCR to study tuberculosis antibiotic resistance. Southwest University was very large, and the campus was over 6 square kilometers, with over 50,000 students! I am excited to work at BGU, which with its smaller campus size, I will be able to connect with the students much more on an individual level!

学生時代の2018年の夏に中国・重慶にある西南大学に科学研究プログラムで留学することができました。滞在中、私はPCRを使って結核の抗生物質耐性を研究していました。西南大学はとても大きく、キャンパスは6平方キロメートル以上あり、5万人以上の学生が在籍していました!キャンパスの規模が小さいBGUで働くことで、学生たちと個人レベルでもっとつながることができると思うと、今から楽しみで仕方ありません!


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CSB/SJUのキャンパスでは、化学のチューター、化学授業のアシスタント、化学品保管室勤務、国際教育センターでの学生バイトなど、多くの仕事を経験しました。また、学校では交換留学生のためのイベントを主催したり、毎年開催される文化祭の日本ブースで、日本人学生と一緒にボランティアをしたりしました。このような機会を通じて、文京生や世界中の友人とコネクションを作ることができ、さらに学生たちから多くのことを学びました。



The advice I'd give to BGU students is that your college time will go by very fast, so you should enjoy it and make the most out of your time and resources! Once Coronavirus started while I was still in school, I wasn't able to enjoy time with friends, or see my classmates or teachers in person. All my classes were online, so the time was very isolating and I wasn't able fully enjoy my junior and senior year. So now that we can finally see each other, I urge everyone to get involved through their studies, clubs, social events, and spending time with friends! For those who are studying English, please meet with foreign exchange students, and come to the chat lounge so we can have a good conversation in English! Let's work hard to learn English! I hope to meet everyone soon!

文京生にアドバイスするとしたら、大学生活はあっという間に過ぎてしまうので、学生生活を楽しんで、自分の時間と資源を最大限に活用した方が良いということです。 私が学生だった頃、コロナウイルスが発生すると、友人との時間を楽しんだり、クラスメートや先生に直接会ったりすることができなくなりました。授業はすべてオンラインだったので、その時間はとても孤独で、大学3年生と4年生の時間を十分に楽しむことができませんでした。なので皆さんには、勉強やクラブ、社会的なイベント、友人と過ごす時間などに積極的に参加してほしいと思います。英語を勉強している人は、留学生と会って、チャットラウンジに来れば、英語で楽しく会話することができますよ。頑張って英語を勉強しましょうね!早くみんなに会えるといいな!


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留学先    :College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University    
学部・学科  :外国語学部 英語コミュニケーション学科 国際ビジネスコミュニケーション専攻     
留学期間   :2021年8月31日~2022年5月10日           
氏名・学年  :L・Dさん(留学時:2年生) 


                                        
                   Spring Sem Classes


I. Communication and Conflict
   This course focuses on helping us communicate more effectively in a variety of conflict situations. So far, we studied the variety of conflict styles and in which situation we should use these styles. There are a lot of readings, which isn't surprising, but other than that, since conflict resolution skills cannot be learned simply by reading about them, we also engage in some exercises, group activities, as well as self-analysis, which will provide us with awareness of the behaviors we display and those of others in conflict situations. Other than reading, we usually have a small quiz from the reading for our homework. This class do not have an exam, but we will have to submit three papers of 4-5 pages. I chose to take this class because it will be helpful in so many ways in the future. Especially living in Japan, I rarely experience effective ways to manage conflict since conflict is seen there as an issue to be avoided. While that was easier, I realized that only using the avoiding style won't solve any problems, especially when dealing with co-workers. This class gave me a better understanding of my personal conflict style and how to improve it to become a more proficient communicator. I enjoy this class because it is a discussion-based class that helps me learn a new perspective in dealing with conflict while practicing my English speaking at the same time.


II. Group Communication
   The purpose of this course is to introduce us to the small group communication process. Through lectures, group projects and presentations, and individual assignments, we will develop an understanding of the small group communication process and learn how to communicate effectively when working in a small group. I took this class to improve my teamwork skills since group communication will definitely come up at some point in our lives. I also consider this to be beneficial for me, as I may start a small business in the future, and the ability to build relationships with the team will be essential for me to be successful. It is mainly a lecture class, but we sometimes go into small groups and do some practice about small group communication. We have a lot of reading for this class too, and a small engagement assignment. For the big projects, We have two exams, one interview paper(we had to interview someone who has done social justice work), and a group project where we have to create a 10-minute podcast about social justice. The challenge I am facing in this class is the group project because as a member of a collectivist culture, I am more used to listening to the group instead of leading it, but my teammates are not communication majors, so even though they come from an individualistic culture, they seldom lead discussions which leads us in being silent. Although I am gradually becoming confident in leading discussions or teamwork, we sometimes struggle with the language barrier and our different values. In spite of this, I know that if I am able to complete the project successfully, it means that I have been able to put into practice what I have learned in class, so I am eager to meet challenges and see my personal growth.


III. Entrepreneurship
   This class is a business class. The professor teaches us how to launch a new business venture by analyzing the trends and changes in the world, listening to guest speakers about their experience in running a business, and visiting places. We also have a lot of reading for this class and a small quiz from the book at the beginning of the class. We study best-practice approaches and apply that learning in real-time to feasibility analysis of a business idea we came up with as a group. The class will have one paper and presentation on feasibility and one exam. This class is helping me learn how starting a business works and how to be successful because I am planning to start my own company in the future. This is a three-hour class at night, which can be tiring sometimes, but is my favorite. Just hearing what is trending around the world and others' thoughts is interesting. Besides teaching me how to start a business, this class also teaches me how to build relationships, the importance of being naive and bold, and how to take risks. Listening to the guest speaker's stories always leaves me inspired and enlightened not only about business but also about life.

・Discovery in CSB/SJU
   The most favorite thing I like here in CSB/SJU is the students' involvement in the school activities. It is just so cool how people participate in a lot of events and support sports teams. I have heard how college sport is a big thing in the U.S., but I was way crazier than I thought. I have been to the football game in the fall semester where people were packed, which was understandable since it is the most popular sport, but I was surprised that students also go to basketball games and hockey games. I also joined a business event where ten students gave a pitch and competed in their new venture ideas. I thought that there would only be a few students since it is not a sports event, but there were a lot of students who participated in the event. First, I was unsure why people would participate in this event, but after experiencing the event, I understand why people enjoy and participate. The event is successful because they also involve the audience by including some games, and everyone has a strong bond to support their classmates, which I thought was fascinating. I hope BGU students will have this same value and build connections through school events.

・Winter Break
   For break, I went to Las Vegas and stayed with my relatives. The atmosphere was so different to Minnesota and there were more diversity. It was way more convenient for me since I am used to walking around instead of driving all the time. The most interesting thing for me was that there were casino and slot machines everywhere. We saw it at the airport and even at the convenience store. I also found it interesting how people dress and interact were different from Minnesota. I'm really grateful to my relatives for allowing me to explore around and discover new things.


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留学先    :College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University    
学部・学科  :外国語学部 英語コミュニケーション学科 国際ビジネスコミュニケーション専攻     
留学期間   :2021年8月31日~2022年5月10日           
氏名・学年  :S・Mさん(留学時:3年生)  



半年間での気づきと変化


 アメリカに渡航してから早くも半年が経とうとしております。この半年の間に気づいたこと、私自身の身に起きた変化などたくさんのことがあります。渡航前に立てた目標を振り返りつつ、今学期履修している授業、学んだことなどを近況レポートとして書かせていただきます。

 今学期はブロックシステムに当てはまる授業は一個も履修していないので、春学期を通して同じ日程で授業に参加しています。履修している授業は3つあります。Introduction to Human Communication、Media and Society、そして、Entrepreneurshipです。一見すると3つしか授業がないので、非常に簡単そうで楽しているように思われるかもしれませんが、驚くほど大変なことが多々あります。

 Introduction to Human Communicationの授業では、人間のコミュニケーションに関係する様々な理論を予習として読み、授業内でそれについてディスカッションをしたり、教授の講義を挟んだりして理解を深めていきます。最近取り上げた理論で興味深いと感じたのはSocial Penetration Theoryというもので、人間が初めて出会う人と親交を深めていく過程について研究されたものでした。このようなコミュニケーションに関わる趣のある理論を学ぶことができるため、非常に面白い授業であると感じています。

 Media and Societyの授業では、メディアに関わる様々な理論、実際にメディアが私たちに与える影響、そしてメディアリテラシーをどのように身につけるかなどについて勉強しています。この授業でも、グループでディスカッションをしたり、20〜25分のプレゼンテーションをしたりと、グループを作って一緒に学ぶことが非常に多いです。この授業だけでもグループが3つほど同時に存在しますので、たまに自分のグループを忘れてしまったり、混乱してしまったりすることがあります。

 Entrepreneurshipの授業は、水曜の夜6時15分から3時間一気に行われる授業です。私自身、夜の授業を経験したことがなかったため、最初は眠気と集中力切れに相当苦労しました。この授業は実際に起業して現在経営者として会社を所持している方が教授となっており、授業の内容もゲストスピーカー(起業家、経営者など)をお呼びして、その方たちからお話を聞いたり、実際に教授の会社や、キャンパス近くのバーなどに見学に行ったりしました。一般的に想像される大学の講義とは違い、実践的で非常に挑戦性がある授業です。また、この授業は履修した学生が全員自分のビジネスアイデアを考えて発表し、その後にクラス内で投票し、上位の人たちがリーダーとなり、グループを作って、春学期通してビジネスについて学びながらそのアイデアを深堀していく形となっています。私自身、将来は起業して自分のビジネスを持ちたいと考えていますので、この授業を非常に大切にしています。

 ここまで今学期履修している授業を紹介してきましたが、どの授業にも共通している目標があります。それは、グループワークで自分の意見をみんなに伝えることです。秋学期は自身の英語力に不安があったり、話の内容についていけなかったりなどで、グループディスカッションに参加できないことも多々ありました。しかし、今学期履修している授業はどれも欠かすことなくグループワークがありますので、自分の意見をしっかり伝えることが大切だと感じています。そして、現時点ではこの目標を達成できていると考えています。秋学期と比較すると、意識的に話し合いに参加するようにし、時には自分がグループを引っ張ってみるようにチャレンジしています。驚くほどにみんなが自分の話に耳を傾けてくれますし、意見も話してくれますので、自分の参加意欲もどんどん上がってきています。話し合いに参加するのを躊躇せずに、自分の意見を伝える大切さを学びました。

 また、秋学期と同様に、今も毎日リーディング課題に追い回されています。平日は平均2、3時間リーディングをしています。時には150ページを超える量を読まなければならない日もあり、図書館で6時間過ごす日も少なくありません。しかし、これらのリーディングをしっかりこなし、予習ノートを作ることで授業内のディスカッションに参加できるようになるので、改めて予習の大切さを体感させられました。

  留学に来ると、授業から学べることがたくさんあるのはもちろんのことですが、それと同じくらいに友人からも学ぶことができると感じています。渡航から半年経ったとは言え、慣れないことやホームシックになること、そしてアクシデントが起こることがあります。そんな時に支えてくれたり、助けてくれたりする友人がいるからこそ留学がうまくいけると感じています。彼らと交流していく中で、授業では教えてくれない文化の違いや、考え方の違い、タブーなどを学んでいます。そして、何よりもやはり彼らの授業と遊びの両立、そして、その切り替えの速さには今でも驚かされます。また、彼らと関わっていく中で非常に貴重な体験をさせていただくこともできました。例えば、人生で初めて実物の銃を撃たせていただきました。資格を持った友人とそのご家族による指導のもと、様々な銃を体験しました。日本ではなかなか経験することがないので、この体験は一生の思い出になりました。長いようで短い9ヶ月の交換留学が、残り2ヶ月半ほどになってしまいました。この2ヶ月半も精一杯学び、経験していきたいと思います。

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写真は私がリーディング課題のために、SJUのAlcuin Libraryに4時間ほどこもっていた時のものです。

留学先    :College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University    
学部・学科  :外国語学部 英語コミュニケーション学科 国際ビジネスコミュニケーション専攻     
留学期間   :2021年8月31日~2022年5月10日           
氏名・学年  :N・Dさん(留学時:3年生)    



Hard Times

1. Spring Semester

   The spring semester is so much harder than I thought it would be. Before coming to the U.S., I was told that everything will get easier. Sure I got used to living at the dorm, the differences in education style, the weather, the food, and other things. Therefore, a lot of people might think that Spring Semester wouldn't be as hard as Fall Semester. However, I feel more stressed and everything harder this semester. I got to choose the classes this semester, which was exciting. I asked my friends for their recommendations, I asked about the classes I'm interested in, and I asked how I should make my class schedule. Since I got to plan my Spring Semester, I was very excited about it until I found out it was going to be busy. Though my classes are what I am interested in, though my classes are fewer than last semester, I am having a harder time than Fall Semester. One of the reasons is the load of homework and projects. I get two to three sets of readings almost every time. Even if I feel like I am getting used to reading and getting faster at it, it is still a lot of information to take in, tiring to my eyes and brain, and very overwhelming. I always want to skip reading, but without doing it, I won't be able to follow and participate in class. Another reason is the writings. The required pages are longer compared to what I've written in BGU. I've written paragraphs and essays about personal experiences, but never papers about what I've learned in English. Explaining my knowledge in my own words was hard at first, but it is very satisfying when the work you've done is graded not only high but the highest in class. Finally, the most tiring cause and the one thing I have struggled with and been frustrated with the most so far is group projects outside class. Every class I am taking this semester has a group project. We have to present an assigned topic that was discussed in class. We have to do research, and remind and give a deeper understanding to our classmates through presentations. It has been halfway through this semester, and I haven't had a good experience with my group so far. No one will do or say anything to prepare until the last minute. If someone does say something, they'll say "I'll work on it tonight," but most of the time end up doing nothing. This was hard for me as I was used to doing everything in advance and together as a group in Japan. I didn't know what to do and was worried that my group wouldn't finish the work.

   With all these struggles, every day is busy, hard, and tiring, but at the same time, I felt a sense of fulfillment and growth. Through the walls I've overcome, I learned how to manage the hard times. With scheduling, I was able to stay caught up with the work I have to do. By being proactive, I was able to make group projects successful with the team. I have gone out of my comfort zone and have been more responsible than ever in everything I do.

   As this semester started, I did not only struggle with studies but also with homesickness. After six months, being in a new environment begins to feel very hard and sad. Not being able to go to places, drive, see the family has been very hard these past few months, but my friends helped me go through those hard times. They plan fun hang-outs, take me out, and make me forget the bad vibes. Though I feel this semester has been a pain so far, I am feeling the growth in myself. All of the hard times have taught me important skills. As a person who would rather do things on my own instead of asking for assistance, I have learned that asking for help is not a bad thing. Seeking help may seem less independent, but when your parents or close ones are not around, finding help is another thing you need to do on your own, which I believe is independent. I also think I have become more open in meeting and talking to people. Through the discussion-based classes, and being put in an environment where you have to take the initiative and be social, talking and interacting with new people has become less uncomfortable and I am starting to enjoy it.

   Going through hard phases is never a bad thing. It is just a matter of time and how you handle it. My advice is to always be open-minded. I understand that people will want to be alone when they are feeling down, but sometimes, going out and socializing can be more helpful. As you spend time on other things, by the time you realize, you have overcome the hardest phase, and will be enjoying and thriving even more. Going through downtimes was not easy for me, but facing it has made me grow in a lot of ways.

2. Memory

   For winter break I went to Las Vegas. I spent the holidays with my relatives and had a really great time. It has been more than 20 years, or maybe the first time seeing them, and I'm glad I got to make memories with them. It was nice being able to go around places. Unlike Minnesota, there was no snow. When you look around you will see mountains and deserts, and the weather was nice and warm. My relatives took me around Las Vegas and we also visited Los Angeles. (Picture: In front of the Las Vegas sign w/ my sister)

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大学開学30周年を記念して、ヴァーチャル国際シンポジウムを開催いたします。オンラインでの開催ですので、ご自宅からお気軽にご参加下さい。

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2021年12月11日(土)12:30~16:15
「ポストCOVID-19時代におけるグローバル経済・経営と大学教育のあり方」
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教職員、学生、教育関係者など全ての方

【会場】
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※お申込み頂いた参加者様にはZoomのURLをご案内いたします。

【言語】
全編英語(日本語通訳・字幕の手配はございませんのでご了承下さい)

【プログラム】
12:30 開会のご挨拶・解題/Opening address, Symposium background

12:50₋13:20 第1基調講演/Keynote speech 1
Prof. Dr. D. Paul Scarbrough, Brock University (Canada)
Relearning Lessons about the Classroom: the Pandemic Shows Us the Impact of Action Versus Observation

13:20₋13:50 第2基調講演/Keynote speech 2
Prof. Dr. David A. Ziebart, Von Allmen School of Accountancy University of Kentucky (U.S.)
Opportunities for Students and Faculty to Learn from Student/Faculty Exchanges in the Post-COVID Environment

13:50₋14:20 第3基調講演/Keynote speech 3
Prof. Dr. Christo Karuna, Monash University (Australia)
Towards a Values-Based Approach to Global Economy, Management, and University Education in the Post-Covid-19 Era

(小休憩/break)

14:30₋15:00 第4基調講演/Keynote speech 4
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Zaleha Abdul Rasid, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia  (Malaysia)
The Impact of COVID-19 on the Management Accounting Profession

15:00₋15:30 第5基調講演/Keynote speech 5
Prof. Naoyoshi Kinukawa, Bunkyo Gakuin University (Japan)
COVID-19 and its Impact for Emerging Economies/ Financial Markets

15:30₋16:00 第6基調講演/Keynote speech 6
Prof. Dr. Mohammed Elgammal, Qatar University (Qatar)
Price and Volatility Spillovers between Global Financial Markets Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic   

16:00 閉会のご挨拶/Closing address

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10月28日・29日にアメリカ人チューターRJが『HALLOWEEN ENGLISH LESSON』を行いました。緊急事態宣言中はなかなか対面レッスンができずオンラインのみでしたが、今回は久しぶりに対面式でのグループレッスンとなりました。

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~~本郷キャンパス~~

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1.jpg学生の皆さんにもちょこっとコスプレしてもらい記念撮影!BINGOでゲットしたお菓子も喜んでくれてよかったです。





~~ふじみ野キャンパス~~
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ふじみ野の飾りつけはインスタ映えしちゃう!



チューターのスペシャルレッスンは毎月開催しています。
11月は「Thanksgiving day lesson! 
英語が苦手でも大丈夫なので、文京生はぜひお申込みを~

本郷キャンパス申込み↓
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ふじみ野キャンパス申込み↓
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留学先    :College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University    
学部・学科  :外国語学部 英語コミュニケーション学科 国際ビジネスコミュニケーション専攻     
留学期間   :2021年8月31日~2022年5月10日           
氏名・学年  :L・Dさん(留学時:2年生) 


                                        
                  Study Abroad Experience

・Purpose
My purpose is to improve my English skill, to get in touch and learn about different cultures, and to learn self-reliance through my stay in the dorm. I have put much effort into my English studies because I always wanted to use my advantage of being a trilingual for my future career. However, I thought that I had been spoiling myself by studying English in an environment where I could always talk to people around me in Japanese. Therefore, I applied to this GASP program because I wanted to put myself in an environment surrounded by native English speakers where I can experience English in an environment that is tough for me and learn living English. In addition, I also want to be the better version of myself through this program, where I can experience new encounters without the safety net of my parents. I think that working is not everything in business, but how to build relationships is also important so I would like to learn how to build good relationships through my stay in the dorms and by participating in extracurricular activities.

・Goals I set before starting the program
- Make many friends
- Experience many things that can only be done in the U.S.
- Participate in extracurricular activities and events
- Studying is important but don't forget to HAVE FUN


・Lifestyle
The first thing I struggled with was jet lag. As there was a 14-hour time difference, for the first two weeks, I woke up at two in the morning and fell asleep at noon, struggling to regain my daily rhythm. As for meals, we were served buffet-style meals in the cafeteria every day. In the beginning, I was curious about all the foods and enjoyed eating them, but after more than a month, I got used to the menu and started to get bored, so I tried to balance my diet by going to the other campus cafeteria or eating out with my friends. Unlike in Japan, students here basically spend their weekdays studying and working part-time, and what surprised me the most was that students were making plans for their study group instead of hanging out after class. Basically, people are studying and working on assignments during the weekdays and partying on the weekends as if to relieve the stress. Many people stay up late drinking on the weekends and it is very noisy at night. However, on Sundays, it becomes very quiet as if by magic and you can see many people studying. I was very impressed with how they were able to balance studying and playing so well. Another difference from Japan is the strong connection between universities and students. Since most of the students live on-campus, there are many on-campus events and most of the students actively participate in them. In Japan, we don't see that many people participating in university events, so this is a very new experience for me. I thought it would be fun if this were the case in Japan as well, as it would be a place to meet new people and learn new things outside of class. Another difference from Japan is the strong connection between universities and students. Since most of the students live on-campus, there are many on-campus events, and most of the students actively participate in them. In Japan, you don't see that many people participating in university events, so this is a very new experience for me. I thought it would be fun if this were the case in Japan as well, as it would be a place to meet new people and learn new things outside of class. As for weekend events, football games are beloved by students too. Many people come to watch the football games, and all CSBSJU students wear red or the school's merch and go to cheer for the team. Also, I thought that school merch is basically just something parents buy as a souvenir and not many people actually wear it. However, the campus was full of students wearing the school merch, which reminded me once again that there is a deep connection between universities and students in America. There is a lot of fun stuff that we can do here but the disadvantage for exchange students is that we don't have a car and are not allowed to drive (BGU's rule), so if we don't have any friends, it is really hard to get out of campus. However, as I mentioned earlier, because of the deep connections, there are many events and we can have a very fulfilling campus life. The school bus basically runs until midnight, so you can take a walk and go to the other campus for activities. Also, on weekends, there is a bus that goes to the shopping mall, so if you want to get out of campus, you can take this bus and explore the city. There is a lot of way to enjoy the study abroad experience and the main key is to be open in many things and make lots of friends.


・About classes
Since I came to the U.S. a little late, I was not able to choose my classes, so I am currently taking Intercultural communication, Intro to film studies, public speaking and writing classes. I have heard that the education style is totally different from Japan and that classes in America include a lot of reading and discussion. However, as I came here as a scholarship student I took it for granted and that I would be fine but after actually coming here and taking the classes, I strongly realized that this is what the teachers were talking about. The amount of reading was way much more, and it will be hard to catch up with the classes if we do not do the reading before the class starts. The class begins knowing that everyone had read the textbook beforehand, and the professor asking. "Do you have any questions about the readings?" If not, the professor would give a brief explanation, and then we would immediately share our opinions and experiences in a discussion. I have realized that the American education style is way more self-reliant compared to Japan. They will give a lot of self-work to do out of class such as a dozen of reading and some quizzes. Another thing that surprised me was the attitude of the class. Basically, if the students had something on their mind, they would interrupt the teacher and speak up, even if the teacher was in the middle of speaking. Even during discussions, the students are basically very active, and since America is a low-context culture, they won't know what's on our mind unless we speak up, so if we don't speak they will treat us as if we are not there. Compared to Japan, all the students are very active, and to be honest, I was mentally challenged because of the difference in the education style. However, I am now slowly getting use to this circumstances and slowly improving my English skill.



・Halloween in the US
The picture on the right is a picture taken when my friends and I went to do a pumpkin patch near our school. In the U.S., Halloween is celebrated in a bigger way than in Japan, and many families go to pumpkin patches where they sell pumpkins for Halloween and pick pumpkins. Not only do they sell pumpkins, but there are also small places where you can touch the animals, do pumpkin painting, and take pictures of the pumpkins and decorations that are all over the place. My friends and I went to my friend's room afterward to decorate pumpkins, watch a Halloween movie, and experience Halloween culture. In this way, I try to spend time with my friends to familiarize myself with English and have new experiences.


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GSI(Global Studies Institute)オフィス(国際交流)


■本郷キャンパス(S館3階):
月-金 9:00〜18:10 土 9:00〜13:00
TEL:03-5684-4836  FAX:03-5684-4657


■ふじみ野キャンパス(西館1階):
月-金 9:00〜18:10 土 9:00〜13:00
TEL:049-261-7916  FAX:049-261-7996