Hi guys! My name is Tatsuya Inagaki. I am a first-year master student at Tohoku University. My major is biomedical engineering. I am currently studying at Temple University as an exchange student.
The reason why I wrote my article in English is that I do not want to use Japanese lol. My English is not that hard to understand, so feel free to read it. I hope my article will be useful for helping readers to know about studying abroad and for practicing English!
Why I chose Temple University?
1．Few Japanese students
According to my research, there are only four Japanese universities which have a partnership with Temple University. Actually, it is very hard to find Japanese students here. That is the type of school I pursued.
Temple University is in Philadelphia. The location of Philadelphia is awesome. I can go to New York and Washington DC by bus. Buses are super cheap. So far, I have been to New Jersey and twice to New York.
Grand Central Terminal
Actually, this is my second time studying abroad as an exchange student. I studied at the Technical University of Denmark two years ago. Plus, this is my sixth time studying abroad, including short programs, so I did not experience cultural shock so much because I am used to living abroad lol.
However, when I came here, I had a difficult time with English. People here speak English very fast and their English has a lot of linking and reduction. Even though I have many experiences abroad, it was hard to understand their English. That means that no matter how much I study English, it will be a problem lol.
Now I have gotten used to their English to an extent, so I can understand. Sometimes, I can say my opinions during classes.
If I can listen to their English perfectly, I think I will be able to understand most English lol.
Classes are hard here. Especially, there is plenty of homework. Students study much harder than Japanese students lol.
How I improve my English skills at Temple University
It is very important to be socialized when you study abroad. You should join events as much as possible and talk with people, both of which improve both English skills and communication skills.
Mainly, I do two things here.
1．Use the Student Success Center
At Temple University, there is the Student Success Center. Students can practice English one-on-one and get writing tutoring. I go there almost every day.
Mainly, I have joined two clubs, the climbing and Japanese conversation clubs. By joining those clubs, I can communicate with many people. I had never climbed while I was in Japan. I like trying new things. Climbing is so fun!
I went to the University of California just before I entered Tohoku University. It was almost my first time studying abroad. Everything was totally different from Japan and amazing. After that, I got interested in studying abroad and went to many countries.
What I want to say is that studying abroad can widen your views, strengthen you and change your life drastically! Thus, I highly recommend you study abroad either short or long term!!
Tips for studying abroad
•Be active, socialized, get involved. Nothing happens if you don’t take action.
•Getting used to local life is very important. Time solves almost everything.
•Enjoy your life
•Avoid having nothing to do. Make some plans.