from Nanjing, China
1st year, Global Studies Major
Nanjing Foreign Language School,
How did you hear about Ritsumeikan University?
My high school is famous in China for preparing students to study abroad once they graduate. A lot of universities around the world visit our school to give information sessions and this is how I encountered Ritsumeikan University (RU). I was very interested in GS but I wasn’t sure about studying abroad in Japan, so I seeked advice from my aunt who has been living in Japan for years. She convinced me about RU’s reputation and her advice really helped in making up my mind.
What are your own reasons in applying to GS?
My goal is to become a bridge between China and Japan. The countries are close in location but we don’t know each other well. As a Chinese student, there is a need to know Japan and gain a better mutual understanding. Studying in GS will give me a lot of chances to share views openly with local and international students. I also had previous home stay experience in Japan. The family treated me like their daughter and it made a strong impression on me, so I wished to come back again.
How are the Japanese Classes?
GS students are assigned to a Japanese class based on your previous knowledge. The classes are divided into six levels ranging from beginner to advanced. There are many learning opportunities inside and outside classrooms. “Japanese Cafe” is one of them. At “Japanese cafe”, our teachers are RU students who are studying to become a certified Japanese teacher for foreigners. We enjoy conversations with tea & cookies and this is how I picked up Japanese quickly!
Where are you living now?
I am living close to the university. It takes about 20 minutes on foot to campus and less than 10 minutes by subway to downtown Kyoto. Everything I need is located nearby, with supermarkets, drugstores, fast food restaurants etc. This is my first time living alone! Sometimes, I cook by myself and I try to make “my little castle” as cozy as possible. I’m never alone as many of my classmates are living in the same apartment. You can knock on your friends’ door easily whenever you need them. We spend a lot of time together even after class.
Tell us more about the Fall Entrance Ceremony!
I made a speech as the student representative. I was a bit nervous during rehearsals but the ceremony was a big success. It was a great experience and I am honored to have taken part in it. My mom was there and she was very proud of me!