Haruto Arita

After spending half of my life in the U.S., I chose to come back home for college. GLA in Osaka Ibaraki Campus is a perfect place to learn Japanese culture as well as global liberal arts.

One of the intriguing courses was “Civilization in Global History.” The course focuses on human civilization from the global perspective. The course had differed from my high school history with a Eurocentric view, this course rather opened a new door. Since then I have started to ask questions on a daily basis.

In the dorm (The Global House) I live with students from all over Asia. I was surprised to see the different cultures and values within Asia. In order to gain mutual understanding, I have developed a skill on how to proactively start a conversation.

Additionally, the dorm offers common space for residents. I am experiencing much more diverse cultures than ever in my life.