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 Naoto Nakamura, a ShigaDai student currently attending the University of Michigan, Dearborn, about how their current study abroad experiences are going.
What city/prefecture/country are you from? What is one thing you would like to share about your home city/country?
I’m from Shiga Prefecture. I recommend people to go to Hikone Castle and see Hikonyan!
What are you currently studying, and what do you want to do after graduation?
I’m studying Economics and Marketing right now. I want to be a sales person that travels all over the world!
Why did you decide to study abroad?
The two week English program at JCMU called “Kokunai Ryuugaku” changed my life dramatically. From this program I realized how much I enjoy talking with other people and learning about other cultures.
How has your time as a University of Michigan, Dearborn student been? Is there anything that surprised you?
I really enjoy my life here at the University of Michigan, Dearborn so far. I was surprised by the fact that so many people know about Japan. The classes are tougher than I thought they would be, but thanks to my friends and professors, I can keep up with them.
What would you say to other Japanese students considering studying abroad in Michigan?
To make a decision to study abroad might be difficult, but I’m sure that this experience would be awesome for all of those willing to try it. Stop by JCMU in Hikone before coming to Michigan and make friends there. Without my JCMU friends, I would not have come to Michigan. To see them again is one the biggest reasons I came to Michigan.
We would like to thank Nakamura-san for sharing these 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 hope that you will be inspired by Nakamura-san’s story.