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LETITIA SARAH

LETITIA SARAH

Program:Chemistry, School of Science
Nationality:Indonesia
Others:Enrollment year; 2013
CHALLENGE
As someone who went to the same school and had the same friends for years, I took a big leap by coming to Japan.New challenges lay ahead, such as language. When I first landed in Japan, I couldn’t read most of the labels and signs as they were all in kanji.I remembered ordering a dish with the most beautiful kanji name as I had no idea what all the food was. However, daily Japanese course has helped me in a lot of ways. Now, I gradually recognize and understand some kanjis on the signboard that I used to not understand.
EXPERIENCE
Living together in dorm brings a lot of experiences. In a lot of times, people knock on my door to offer me food, which is such a pleasant surprise. My friends and I also have dinner party when we cook our national dish to be shared. Not only joyful moments we share, but also jittery ones. Living next to each other means doing assignments or cramming before exams is possible. We support each other, thus we could finish all our tasks with smiling faces.

As for academic experience, I was surprised in the beginning because the classes were very lively. People liked to participate actively. This is very different from my country as most of the students are quiet and only answer questions when their names are called. At first, it took time for me to be used to this, but all those friendly Professors and friends help me to take part more often in class.
FUTURE
As Nagoya University is well known for its advancement in Chemistry, studying this subject here would definitely give me a lot of opportunities. For instance, Chemistry Science students have the opportunity to join one of ten laboratories available in the 4th year. Even though I am still a freshman, but I am looking forward to taking part in real research project in my final year. It must be interesting to carry out various experiments using Nagoya University’s cutting edge lab equipment.

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