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Week in Review

December 2nd, 2010 smmerc12

At the foreign student’s Christmas Party, one of the directors made a rather stirring speech. He spoke of his time in America, and how he felt like an infant who could do nothing for himself. In this new country, I understand his feelings. However, like him, I believe this is important to experience. No matter where you are in the world, there will be people that will help and support you. By yourself, nothing can be accomplished. You can’t know anything in this world without being informed of it by someone else. I’m not sure if this is a comforting thought or a frightening one. I suppose that changes depending on the mood.

Everyone I meet helps me in some way. I am learning so much from the Aikido team, as they all work so hard. The kouhai respect and learn from the senpai who teach and protect them. During the large gathering this weekend, everyone cheered on the people in the demonstration. I watched and cheered as well. Much like school football games at home, it brings the amazing feeling of being larger than you really are: representing your school is fun like that.

Thanksgiving with SISEC was a huge success. The Japanese students were hilarious; they were all taking pictures of the turkey, as most of them had never eaten it before. Everything came out amazing and we all went out for karaoke afterward. I sang a Japanese song (with much difficulty)!

The people in my dormitory are amazing too. I learn from them every day, and I’m planning a trip to Kansai with my friends over Christmas break. We were going to go to Hokkaido, but February is better for that because of the festival.

Today, since I’m doing my first english tutoring session…perhaps someone will learn from me.

Thank you for your support,

Sara Mercuro

4 Responses to “Week in Review”

  1. dslusc14 says:

    Hey, just dropping by to say how awesome your blog is. I’m thinking about being an Asian studies major and studying abroad in Tokyo and your blog is uber helpful. Are you studying Japanese? If so, did you take it before you went to Tokyo, or did you start taking it there?

  2. smmerc12 says:

    Thanks so much! The Asian studies major has so much to offer. 🙂
    I started taking Japanese classes in the summer before my sophomore year and continued at Clark during fall and spring semesters (because Holy Cross does not offer Japanese). When I arrived in Tokyo, I took a test to survey my level of Japanese and was placed in class accordingly. Since the classes are in English (at Sophia), I do not have to worry about failing because I cannot understand. Tokyo is an amazing city, I really hope you come!

    Thanks for reading!

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