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

二見 桃子 さん (英語学科 )

加治木高校 (鹿児島)

Most enjoyable winter vacation
Jan . 2016
Just one month have passed since I finished class in PIA. While winter vacation, I experienced American Christmas and New Year’s Day. Beside these events, I took Service Learning class and went to Los Angeles with my friend. It was the most enjoyable vacation I’ve ever had so far.

Beginning of the vacation, students who are taking Service Learning class had to take American Business Culture class for one week. In this class, we learned U.S. business culture, social problem, cultural stereotype and taboo, our career plan and how to communicate with people such as co-workers, supervisors, customers and visitors. I think all of these things are very important to understand before start working in placements because depend on the culture or countries, people have different values. Also, it was good opportunity to learn about business for my career because I’ll start job hunting after go back to Japan soon.

By the way, I often watch the news. Of course, it is good way to improve my listening skill and to know the political issues in America. My host mother recommend me to check the news every day, and we often discuss about the news. When I can’t understand the news, she always explain about it. She is knowledgeable especially about international politics because it is her major, and she was a high school teacher. Thanks to her, I learned about politics a lot after I came here. American people like to discuss about political things with other people, so it is very important to have knowledge and opinion about it when we have a conversation with them.

I just started volunteer work in Portland Children Museum and Portland Hawthorne Hostel this week. I work two days in each placement for 6 weeks. I want to use my experience and knowledge that I got through Service Learning class and watching news to communicate with people.

After finished Service Learning class, I took a trip to California with my friend Yuna. We went to Anaheim, Hollywood and Santa Monica. It was really exciting trip. In Hollywood and Santa Monica, we stayed in youth hostel. We met many people from all over the world at the hostel. These hostels in Hollywood and Santa Monica are member of Hostels International USA. Also, Portland Hawthorne Hostel is a member of this organization. I think it is very good way to stay in hostel when we travel abroad, especially while we are young because we can save money and make many friends. I’ll never forget this awesome trip.

On Christmas Day, I had a dinner with my host mother’s son’s family. We went to his house, and I celebrate Christmas with his family. However, it was Nicaragua style Christmas because his wife is from Nicaragua. In Nicaragua, they usually start to have Christmas dinner at late time. And after that, at 0AM, we opened Christmas present from other family members. In Japan, usually, only children get a present from parents, but in America, even children give a present to their parents. I think it is very interesting point of culture. I got a Christmas present from them and my host mother. They always treat me like real family. They are really nice and sweet family, and I appreciate it so much.

I have just one month before I go back to Japan. Actually, I don’t want to go back to Japan because I really enjoy my life in America, and I love this family and place. I will do my best and enjoy rest of my stay in Oregon.
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