Some call it great, others call it awesome. Excellent is the word I prefer to say about my two years stay at the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSAPS), Waseda University. What made it excellent? To mention a few, the combination of students I met from all over the populated continents, the friendliness of the professors in every course I attended, the administration staff who smile for everyone passing by the corridor – even if they are not visiting them, every other thing in that building 19. The very first abroad university I have studied in, gave me the beautiful opportunity in a globalized environment in terms of quality education, authentic academic experience, a mixture of students from all over the world and friendly people. I am a very lucky person and so grateful to have studied at Waseda University, where I have met several people with amazing talents, knowledge and experience. I must admit that I have learned a lot from everyone I knew, inspired by their spirit of learning and encouraged by their motivational words.
Being a JICA scholarship recipient for government employee in my country makes my study, a double mission. On one hand, I have to study with full dedication in order to get as much knowledge and experience as possible; applicable to develop my country and contribute to the development effort Japan is putting towards us. On the other hand, I have to play a diplomatic role bridging the societies of Japan and my country. In this way, I think all JICA scholarship recipients have to play a major role in improving and fostering the relationship between the respective countries and their societies.
Today, I am a very proud alumni of Waseda University. But my mission is half completed, as my mission as a diplomatic channel between the school, the countries and our societies continues. So, I say, let us work together and realize our dreams come true!