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 Yuki Kitagawa, a ShigaDai student currently attending Lake Superior State University (LSSU), about who he is and how his study abroad experiences are going.
Where are you from? What is one thing you would like to share about your hometown?
I am from Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, though my university is located in Hikone. There is a famous Japanese traditional castle in Hikone. (More information on Hikone Castle can be found by clicking here)
What are you currently studying, and what do you want to do after graduation?
I am currently studying business at LSSU, though I’m taking other classes such as history and sociology. My major at Shiga University is economics. I would like to get a job after graduation as national government employee.
Why did you decide to study abroad?
Because I wanted to experience living in an American environment and a chance to take classes at an American university.
How has your time as an LSSU student been? Is there anything that surprised you?
I am really enjoying my time at LSSU so far! The biggest thing that surprised me is the school environment. The relationship between professors and their students is really good, making my college life here much more pleasant.
What would you say to other Japanese students considering studying abroad in Michigan?
I want to say to them that they don’t have to be afraid of studying abroad. I have to say that they sometimes may struggle to live in a different environment from Japan, but they will definitely make friends. Together with your friends, you will share experiences and struggles, making you closer to them and more comfortable in a foreign land. However, I strongly recommend them to study English hard before coming to Michigan.
We would like to thank Kitagawa-san for sharing his 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 Kitagawa-san the best in his future travels and studies, and hope that you will be inspired by his story.