“Raw” Interview with CAMPUS Asia Double Degree Students #Jeongahn_Seon #Sanghyuk_Cho
In 2018, CAMPUS Asia produced first 3 students from Korea University as Double Degree (DD) students to Waseda University. They did an excellent work at Waseda, as pioneers and ambassadors of CAMPUS Asia program. In this month, it becomes exactly a year after they started study in Japan. This time they had a time to review their one-year experience through this “raw and casual” interview below.
Sim: At first, do you guys have any plans for this vacation?
Cho: I am going to keep studying Japanese language, without forgetting “the responsibility of a student!” I am also thinking of trips, though.
Sim: The word “responsibility” is nice, haha.
Cho: Yes, I want that word to be put clearly in the article.
Seon: Now I am in Korea, so I will do my best taking a rest, eating Korean foods and stay freely, following my heart. I want to escape from study for a while, because I feel like my time here is too precious to study.
Cho: If you say so, it sounds like I made you irresponsible! Please change the word “responsibility” to “job” then.
Sim: I think it doesn’t help. It still seems that she is becoming indifferent to her job.
Sim: Thank you, anyway! Next question, tell me if you got something new during this exchange program so far.
Seon: Before coming here, I was no more than observing Japan through Korean viewpoint. But now I become able to look the aspect of Korean people through Japanese viewpoint.
Cho: Actually I felt a bit scared of living in a foreign country. But through the one-year experience, I got courage and now I think I can do anything by trying to face it once.
Sim: Is there anything which Waseda has and KU doesn’t?
Cho: Free print.
Sim: Yes, indeed!
Cho: Plus, English course with full usage of English. And… ability of choosing courses which I want! Every semester, a lot of courses are prepared with a great capacity. So over-enrollment happens rarely.
Seon: I would like to mention about seminar. Students here can select a professor for seminar by themselves. So it is possible to deeply study about certain field and make an acquaintance with the professor.
Sim: I really like every answer of you guys. I think so too! And then, please tell me the most impressive course you’ve taken.
Cho: CAMPUS Asia Spring Intensive Course~ It was a great chance to make Japanese and Chinese friends. Moreover, I was able to review and express what I am thinking, escaping from tons of problem sets on economics.
Seon: Well, while there were many nice courses, I would like to pick Game Theory B. In this course I learned how to analyze and solve daily problems with microscopic observation. I realized that economics is not just a math and logic is really important to it.
Sim: Is there anything to strongly recommend for future DD students to do (at Waseda or in Japan)?
Cho: Ok, this time I will cross the line. Date with foreign people! By doing so, you can directly feel the culture of another country. In addition, you can find your new self when you break up
Sim: Heyyy is it ok to post it as an article?
Cho: Is my name written there?
Sim: Of course!
Cho: But who cares? I don’t make a U-turn.
Seon: Like I mentioned before, by taking Advanced Seminar you can get close with a professor who you like, as well as many regular students here! There is no such a Seminar(ゼミ) system, not only in KU but also most of universities in other countries than Japan. So you should try to participate in Seminar, the unique system of Japanese Universities!
Cho: Her answer is too much nicer than mine.
Sim: Never mind, your courage is cool enough. Ok, this is the last question. Let me listen to your overall feelings during a year, as CAMPUS Asia DD students.
Seon: I think it is a tremendous chance to live a university life abroad with this length and convenience. I could get guaranteed scholarships and dormitory residence, as well as many courses and teachers with high-quality which satisfies a brand level of Waseda University. I am really glad to have such a chance, and I will keep working hard until the end of exchange period.
Cho: I think it is a big advantage to study both my major and English. Now I am practicing English in the class and Japanese in daily life. I am certain that this will be very helpful when I decide my future career. This was definitely possible by full support of CAMPUS Asia program. GO CAMPUS ASIA!
Upcoming semester is the last semester for three students as participants of CAMPUS Asia Double Degree Program. This August, they will finish their study at Waseda and return to Korea University.