Today was an exciting day for our students as they got to spend several hours with their respective Harvard buddy, and experience what it is like to spend a typical day with them on and around campus. I know that college campus visits are special no matter where you are – be it Japan, the U.S., Europe, or Australia. University life is exciting because it offers us a never-ending river of possibilities. At least, that is how I always felt in university. I felt that anything was possible, and all I had to do was to make the effort, take the risk, and make it happen. It seemed that today was a changing point for several of our students in what they want to pursue their future dreams.
After the students spent time with their buddies, they then broke up into four groups and visited four universities in Boston: MIT, Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern. We had students from all four universities taking our students around and giving us background information as well as a tour of each university.
MIT was a great experience for students to figure out their future university options from Maeda San, and it was something to the tune of even if the goal is the same is it better to take the easy route or the difficult route? The difficult route for sure because what is important is the challenge and what pushes you to achieve your goal, and by being challenged and getting a sense of achievement, your life will be more fulfilling. At Boston College our students felt like they were at a church with so many beautiful buildings on campus. The campus and scenery was beautiful and they said it felt like how a university should feel. At Boston University there were five different subway stops because the campus is so big that shocked the students, especially when they thought of the size of a few Japanese universities. They were also able to see various lab equipment in the science and engineering departments. Next at Northeastern the students said it felt much different compared to Harvard/MIT as it felt more like a normal, typical university, but those (universities) with a brand name seem to have a bigger impact on us than those that don’t.
Finally, we ate Mexican with all the students and had another great time sitting down and discussing about how best to prepare for college, what the college students wish they had done when they were in high school, why they chose to study abroad and scholarships that are available for Japanese students over dinner.