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Mike
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Sociology, Graduate, Monbusho Scholarship Program -- Research Student
University of Tokyo
4.6/5
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I wish I had known...
Motivation is the key to everything -- especially learning the language. Be sure you are motivated. Also, try to avoid the dormitories and get out and live with Japanese people. It makes all the difference between feeling like always being a visitor, and feeling like actually living in another country. Also, at first I avoided getting a part-time job so that I could focus on my studies. That was a mistake -- getting a part time job not only helps out financially, but the people you can meet is the true prize of a part-time job. I recommend to do a part-time job, simply for the people that you can meet. Take advantage of your opportunities.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
If you go as a research student, realize from the outset that you will not get much time, attention, or guidance from your professors. You will be almost entirely on your own to conduct your research. Accept this. It can be a great situation -- if you have clear objectives and motivation.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Tokyo is a great place to live for a few years. Getting used to it is definitely not a linear process though -- sometimes you are up, loving it all, and sometimes you are down, very frustrated. Meeting people is the best part of living in Tokyo. As a foreigner, lots of people will take an interest in you. I made friends from all age groups -- young people, students, mothers and fathers, children, and even much older people. Back home, I certainly don't have contact with such a wide range of people. Take advantage of your opportunities.
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