Intercultural Communication Center (ICC)Waseda University




Glenn Ferguson






Yoga, running, music and taking photos.

Why did you apply to become an SSL?

After studying abroad in Japan in 2016 for a year as an exchange student, and then studying for 8 months in Korea, I realized that I had the special opportunity to meet various people, not just those from the respective counties, but also nationalities that I never thought I could meet – people from Bhutan, Uzbekistan, Russia and Papua New Guinea to name a few. With this in mind, I realized that I had really become a global person, and I wanted to help make Waseda a more global place as well by working at the ICC and making events that connect people.

What Does Being an SSL Mean to You?

It means being a leader, but above all else, being a key part in forging a bridge between Japanese and international students. When I talk to exchange students, they seem to genuinely cherish their time at ICC events, and most importantly, they often meet their first friends at Waseda. On the other hand, Japanese students often develop an interest in a country or culture after joining one of our country festivals or language events. In that sense, being an SSL has a very influential effect on students through our event planning.

What does work as an SSL mean to you? Please say something about diversity or intercultural communication.

The thing to remember is that diversity and difference is a wonderful thing. If everyone in the world had the same culture, language, skin tone or sexuality, then the world would be a very boring place. Seeing life in colour makes it worth living.


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