As part of JCMU’s partnership with local Shiga Prefecture universities, every year our Consortium schools host Japanese students attending Shiga University (ShigaDai) or the University of Shiga Prefecture (USP). We reached out to Shiho Matsumi, a USP student currently attending Northern Michigan University, about who she is and how her study abroad experiences are going.
Where are you from? What is one thing you would like to share about your hometown?
I am from Kyotanabe, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Kyotonabe is home to Ikkyu-ji Temple, a temple in which the famous monk Ikkyu had lived before. (More information on Ikkyu-ji Temple can be found by clicking here)
What are you currently studying, and what do you want to do after graduation?
Right now, I am studying English, Economics and Sociology. After graduation, I hope to continue studying abroad and exploring the world!
Why did you decide to study abroad?
I decided to study abroad because I wanted to learn in an environment different from what I am used to in Japan. Through this, I hoped to gain new perspectives from the different people I met.
How has your time as an NMU student been? Is there anything that surprised you?
My time at NMU has been very fulfilling. I was surprised by many things, but perhaps the most shocking to me is that many of my American classmates are very good at giving speeches – even in front of large groups of people!
What would you say to other Japanese students considering studying abroad in Michigan?
Most places in Michigan are safe, good areas to live in. Also, you can enjoy four different seasons in Michigan, just like in Japan.
We would like to thank Matsumi-san for sharing her experiences with us! As any student who has studied abroad can tell you, studying in another country can be a lot of different things—fun, surprising, stressful, exciting—often all at once! Yet it is always life-changing and worth the effort. We wish Matsumi-san the best in her future travels and studies, and hope that you will be inspired by her story.