In the past, I was afraid that people might not accept my opinion. During the discussions in the comprehensive Japanese class, my classmates and teacher accepted my opinions and told me that there were other ways of thinking. This class taught me to accept others’ opinions and feelings before expressing my opinion, as well as the importance of teamwork.
I took a class in exchanging opinions in a theme class. During the four hours and thirty minutes of class each week, students determine their own theme in a group to share and discuss opinions. In the end, students write an essay of 6,000 words. New ideas are generated from opposing opinions. Students also write down what they noticed. This helped change the way I thought. Some students challenged my approach and reasoning when I perceived that I must do things a certain way. Although I was stubborn, this class helped me develop more flexibility in thinking in a good way.
For essay writing, theatrical plays, and video production, I think it all starts from an idea of what I want to do when making something. Even so, it is important to express my opinions while listening to others. In that sense, it was meaningful for me that the classes at the Center for Japanese Language helped me become more aware of the importance of communication skills in addition to Japanese skills.
I currently support senior staff at work. One day, when I take charge of production as a supervisor, grasping the intention of clients and creative staff to instruct staff will be important. To this end, I would like to consider how to coordinate to make progress in a project while paying attention to others’ opinions and feelings. In this way, I want to use what I learned in the class on the job.