From StudentsAside from the obvious merits derived from immersing oneself in an unfamiliar culture, the university’s practice of international learning is what drew me to Waseda, specifically the SPSE. As someone who studies politics in an effort to expand their worldview, what makes the SPSE perfect for me is that the international setting at Waseda never fails to challenge my perspectives, a blessing for any serious thinker. Professors from all walks of life urge exploration beyond textbooks. The diversity of the student body compels open-mindedness. And the global excellence that surrounds you demands a work ethic. Waseda’s mode of learning equips you with tools that transcend the classroom by forcing you to do the very thing that constitutes not just a scholar, but a human being: thinking. It is how this university channels its cultural diversity that satiates the very desire that led me to political science.What a Global Culture DoesMy decision to attend Waseda was a multifaceted one. Studying in a vastly dierent country with the caveat of learning a new language was not an idea that crossed my mind after nishing high school, to be frank. However, after working abroad in Asia for some time, I had grown to appreciate the unique challenges that came alongside experiencing a new culture. Waseda has provided me the same opportunities to continue my growth as a student and as a person. Especially within the TAISI program, the diverse student body creates an interesting atmosphere for discussion and intense debate. In addition, the small class size allows me to form much more personal friendships with my classmates than what you could nd in traditional college settings. What I appreciate the most, however, is the attention and care that the professors share with their students.A diverse student body and close student-professor interaction creates an interesting academic atmosphere The main reason why I chose SILS is because I did not know what I wanted to be in the future. SILS offers such a diverse and liberating program in one of the most prosperous cities in the world; it was an opportunity I did not want to miss and denitely do not regret. If I told my freshman high school self about who I am today, she would have never believed me. SILS allowed me to discover interests I never knew I had in the rst place, while learning a new language, which although dicult, I know will benet me in what I hope will be my future career. Thanks to SILS, I now know I want to serve as a Foreign Ocer for my country, the Philippines in the future.Discovering interests I never knew I hadKIM, Young HooSchool of Political Science and EconomicsDepartment of Political ScienceGraduated from Seoul Foreign SchoolMURPHY, Mykel KyleSchool of Social SciencesDepartment of Social SciencesGraduated from Weeki Wachee High SchoolUSKoreaPO, Bea Sabrina EspejoSchool of International Liberal StudiesDepartment of International Liberal StudiesGraduated from The Beacon AcademyThe Philippines18WASEDA UNIVERSITY Undergraduate Schools

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