筑紫女学園大学 留学・研修現地レポート

筑紫女学園大学 留学・研修現地レポート

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メリルハースト大学

八塚 友菜 さん (英語学科 )

筑紫高校 (福岡)

My study abroad has finally started
Oct . 2015
About 2 weeks have passed since I came here in Portland. I arrived at Portland international airport on September 26. It took about 2 hours from Fukuoka to Tokyo and after that it took about 9 hours from Tokyo to Portland by delta airline directly. I have been to foreign countries but this time is my first time to come to the US and stay for a long term. Although I had expected a lot of rain here, we had just 3 rainy days until today. I heard that rainy season is going to start soon so I want to get over that. My teacher told us that some students get homesick if it keep raining.

In this first report, I am going to talk about my school life at PIA. First is about classes. Last week we had orientations and the placement test, and finally this week my classes were started. At PIA there are a lot of students from Japan but I study with students from Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Mexico also. I have 4 classes, grammar, reading, speaking and listening, and writing. At each class teachers often give us time to think with other students. All of classes I take are level 4 so it is not easy for me to understand what teachers say, catch up other students, and do many homework. However, teachers at PIA are too funny and kind to us so I really enjoy taking classes.

My favorite class is speaking and listening class because I can discuss with other students about topics. One student has to be a leader and every class different student does this. Then a leader has to decide topic in advance and give us questions about that. Last class one student brought a topic about Facebook. We discussed about positive and negative points of Facebook. Also, we discussed about if it is good way to keep friendship by using Facebook. It was interesting topic, so I want to choose interesting topic too when my turn comes.

After this fall term, I am going to attend service learning. This is one of programs for international students at PIA and gives us great opportunities working in 2 job places with American coworkers. The class preparing for this program has already started and we have to take that and do extra homework. We can learn about how to write resume in the US as well. In fact I do not decide yet what kind of jobs I will take, so I have to think about that.
Next is about activities. There are many activities at PIA and we went to Columbia Gorge and enjoyed hiking last week. I think that it is good chance to make friends who do not take same classes as me through these activities. I am going to go to Seattle for 2days in next weekend so I am looking forward to it. Also, I hope it will be good weather there.
Third is about tutoring center. This is great system that we can take a one-to-one lessen with a teacher after school once a week and we can study whatever we want. I have never used that but I applied for that this week. Then, I am going to ask about homework of essay.

My study abroad has just started. I always keep in mind about my goal and try a lot of things positively. I do appreciate it for all support by my family, my friends and staffs at university also. I will never forget this gratitude to them and will do my best.

 
 
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