Outgoing Student
Asia
2016.9.29

Yuta Okamoto

College of Arts and Sciences/National University of Singapore(Singapore)/2015/ Feeling limited by what I could study in Japan, I wanted to interact with people of various backgrounds and to be able to consider what kind of life I wanted to live.
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1 What made you decide to study overseas?
Feeling limited by what I could study in Japan, I wanted to interact with people of various backgrounds and to be able to consider what kind of life I wanted to live.
                                      
2 Please tell us about the best experience you had studying abroad.
The best thing was leading my dorm’s sports team as the captain of the dodgeball team. Although we weren't able to win the championship, I was happy that we were able to forge friendships through hard effort during practices and the competition. As the captain I was especially honored when the team presented me with a present after our competition.

3 Please tell us about the hardest part of your overseas study.
The worst thing was when I got sick and since my room didn't have a cooler, I had to suffer through the heat.

4 What types of classes did you take?
I mainly took class on Southeast Asian Politics. I was particularly interested in my class on the relationship between the government and the army.

5 What were you involved in outside of class? (Clubs, volunteering, internships etc.)
As mentioned above I was the captain of my dorm dodgeball team.

6 How do you want to make use of your experience overseas?
I feel that through studying abroad I was able to come in contact with people of diverse backgrounds who each had their own way of thinking. Going forward, I want to think about how to create myself in this ever diversifying world.

7 If you have any advice for students planning to study abroad, please tell us.
Since studying abroad is an experience unlikely to be repeated, you should throw away any embarrassment (of course this is a manner that is often retained by us Japanese) and enthusiastically try all manner of new things. Also, I think it's important to decide beforehand what you want to accomplish through studying abroad.

8 If you have anything else you want to say, including any experience that left an impression on you, please do so here.
I made an effort to make friends with local students and not other exchange students. As a result I made such close friends that they would invite me to go on vacation with them, however, looking back on it, I sort of regret not making more effort to make friends with other exchange students. Although of course, the time studying abroad isn't infinite and you can't become close with everyone, I think I should have not limited my interaction with the community, as an exchange student, I was a part of.


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