南山大学

 

Student Voice

JI Kang (China)

Faculty of Policy Studies Department of Policy Studies

I came to Nanzan from China’s Anhui Province as an exchange student during the spring semester of 2010. I had been studying English since junior high school, and took an interest in foreign languages and culture—which is what gave me the idea to study abroad. When I was looking at different countries to visit, Japan immediately came to mind. Japan was attractive because it is considered a developed country that is also advanced in terms of environmental protection and telecommunications. I wanted to gain some of Japan’s sophisticated knowledge in order to build a solid foundation for my future career. Japan and China also face each other across the ocean, and their geographical proximity has created a history of mutual exchange lasting more than two thousand years. I am interested in promoting amicable ties between these two countries, and though I am just one tiny voice, I hope to do my part to strengthen this bond of friendship. So it was with these thoughts in mind that during my third year of high school I became determined about wanting to study at Nanzan University, an institution offering top-notch research facilities and an excellent educational environment. In addition, since Nanzan is a Catholic mission school, it offers an education rooted in a Christian worldview—something I was extremely interested in as well. My mind was made up, and I am now a student at the Faculty of Policy Studies here.

I had zero Japanese ability when I first came to Japan, and not being able to understand the language caused me plenty of problems. My Japanese teachers were patient with me, however, and I studied as hard as I could. Gradually I gained some skill in Japanese. Nanzan even set up native Japanese speakers as tutors for me and the other foreign students. I would meet with my tutor every week and talk with them over a meal. My Japanese friends and I became quite close, and very naturally I came to the point where I could fluently carry on a conversation in Japanese.

I also applied for a scholarship, and was able to get help with my tuition and living expenses. The financial aid has made things easier on my parents, allowing me to dedicate myself entirely to my studies and increasing my desire to learn. Nanzan also provides me and the other foreign students with a dormitory, where we share rooms and get to know our classmates from countries all over the world. It is truly a global institution, where we can make friends, enjoy conversation, and have a good time without caring about differences in nationality, ethnicity, religion, skin color, or culture. As a result, my education at Nanzan has gone far beyond the classroom.

I am so happy to have chosen to study abroad at Nanzan University. I’ve gained all kinds of new knowledge, built priceless friendships, and created wonderful memories that I’ve no doubt will last a lifetime. My four years of undergraduate studies have been a blast, and I am now studying harder than ever in the hopes of continuing my education in one of Nanzan University’s graduate programs. I would like to offer my sincerest appreciation to the people at Nanzan for allowing me to be a part of this incredible institution.