南山大学

 

Student Voice

MARTINEZ RIVERA Liliana (Mexico)

Faculty of Humanities Department of Japanese Studies


The first time I came to Nanzan University was for the Japanese Language program. Nagoya and Mexico city are sister cities, so Nanzan offers a variety of exchange programs not only with Mexico city, but with various universities in Mexico. I had the opportunity to make friends from a lot of countries and to improve my japanese through the intensive program that this university is famous for. When I decided to become an undergraduate student in Japan, I knew Nanzan was the right place. I choose the Japanese Culture studies Department , which despite of being studies of just one culture, it explores it both locally and globally.

Living in Japan can be a difficult and amazing experience at the same time. Japanese is said to be very polite people, but their politeness and yours might be a little bit different –even if it’s the same feeling. It was important to learn Japanese, but equally important was to learn the “non-verbal” language, which often is more significant than what one can express with words. The food, the way to socialize, the manners and the education were completely different from those of my country. But thanks to that I could open my mind to different ideologies and ways of living. Meeting new teachers and classmates every semester is an opportunity to develop in different environments and in the process, my communication skills have improved significantly. This is the most valuable thing about international education, and is what I’ve been able to enjoy at this university.

In some classes I have the opportunity to discuss and do team-work, but this is not very common. Orientations at the beginning of the school year and “club activities” are the best time to make new friends. My best friends are people who I meet at the first orientations, and people from the Japanese Tea Ceremony club (Nanzan has 3 of them). World Plaza, Japan Plaza and scheduled events and parties, are just some of the spaces here at Nanzan that allows Japanese and foreign students have a good time together and become friends.