南山大学

 

Living in a Dormitory Student Voice

VUIJST, Oscar Matthe (Netherlands)

CJS Class of 2013-2014  /  Zuyd University

I’ve lived a total of 1.5 years now in the Nagoya Koryu Kaikan dormitory, and I can honestly say that choosing to live here was one of the best decisions of my life. You get the opportunity to spend a lot of time and do a lot of fun activities with people from around the world, including Japanese students. In the beginning, I was afraid that I wouldn’t know my way around the neighborhood, and how to for example get a cell phone, but my roommates and dorm mates helped me tremendously, and made me feel right at home by regularly organizing parties. Other events include a Halloween party, a dorm-trip (destination changes every year), dance-party, and much, much more.

I found that living in a dorm really provides you with the opportunity to make friends, not just for a semester, but for life. I would recommend that you speak as much Japanese as you can, also to your fellow dorm mates, so as to get as much out of this experience as possible.

In the end I can confidently say that choosing to live in a dorm was the best choice I could have made. It provided me with life-long friends, a ton of experiences, and a lot of unforgettable memories.

SMITH, Autumn Alexandria (United States)

CJS Class of 2013-2014  /  Wittenberg University

When I heard I was going to be living with five other girls and was faced with a nearly 40 minute commute to school every day, I was, to say the least, a bit uneasy. Boy, were those apprehensions unwarranted. For someone like myself who can be a little nervous in new places, dorms were a scary idea. But Rainbow House, an allfemale dorm off campus, offers both the lively atmosphere of a dorm and the quiet, comfort of a home. During my stay in Rainbow House over this past year, girls from six different countries and backgrounds essentially became a family, through interactions at home, a trip to meet our Japanese roommate’s family, and day to day life—all while attempting to communicate in a language which, for most of us, wasn’t our native tongue. We have experienced Japan together and at the same time have been given the independence to find our own ways to experience it. Our living environment has been pretty independent. Our landlord lives right next door but he doesn’t usually intrude on our daily lives other overseeing a few basic rules. The landlord and his family are always there to help with whatever we need. This offers both a happy medium between homestay and dorm, and a unique perspective on the Japanese study abroad experience.