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)

Make Every Day Count
Jan . 2016
All of big events in America that I had been looking forward to were finished. Just about one month left until I go back to Japan. I still am surprised every day that time flies so fast. Hopefully I could meet nice friends and nice host family, so I really would like to stay here. However, time does not wait for anyone, so I would like to focus on what I can do during the rest of this study abroad. In addition, I would like to spend precious time with my friends and my host family as much as I can.

In the middle of last month, I could join a home Christmas party due to my friend. Before the party I took part in a volunteer with a family at Oregon food bank, which is nonprofit organization trying to help hungry people. I was so impressed how nice the family did that together. At the party I did have good time. There were more than 30 people at the party. I was surprised most when Santa Clause was coming. Kids looked pretty excited so that made me happy too. Also, I enjoyed talking with many people. I was glad to be spoken highly of my English. Since I came here I have met lots of people who used to live in Japan, have been to Japan, are interested in Japan, and are learning Japanese. I am proud of Japan every time I meet with those people. Meanwhile I am attracted with American culture, I can notice how great country Japan is. At the same time, I realize that this study abroad gives me important time to notice what I could not notice in Japan.

Also, last month I moved to another host family for some reason. At my house I live with my host mother, her share mate, another student from Korea and a cute dog. I was worried if I could get used to new family at first, but I really have good time with them; for example, we eat out, talk together, and go shopping. On New Year’s Day, we had a big party at home with our friends and neighbors. My host mother got 24 pounds giant turkey, so we ate it. It was so huge and amazing. Also, I cooked tonjiru that is kind of miso soup. Although I missed Japan a little bit as the way to spend on New Year’s Day in the US is very different from that in Japan, I really enjoyed celebrating New Year with friends.

From last report, I did many things with my friends such as a party at my friend’s house, hiking, trip to Los Angeles. I do not have a lot of time left. However, I would like to make every day count during the rest of stay here.
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