留学・研修現地レポート Report from Overseas

my valuable experiences 

Jul . 2018

My studying abroad has just less than fifty days. I’m feeling homesick now, but I don’t want to go back to Japan. I do not want to say goodbye to my friends, teachers, host family and people who I met and have relationship in Canada. Now, I’m trying to spend time with them. In this report, I will write about my midterm exams and vacation. I did a lot of new things which was very exciting.

I had midterm exams. One of my difficult part of exams was listening and debating. In a Las/Spoken class, we had to listen eighteen minutes video and summarize the contents of video orally. It was tough for me because it was first time to do that. In my debate, I argued if AI is good for workers in terms of political, economical and educational aspects. I had to agree with this opinion though I have strong disagreement of it. Even though I had searched about benefits of AI, I couldn’t counter fluently to an opponent. I have a regret toward my speaking skills. I should have had more time to communicate with native English speakers to boost my speaking. If I respond fluently, I can expand on the topic. I still have a bit of time to do that, therefore, I will take some action to brush up my English.

After the midterm exams, we had ten days break, so I visited Las Angels, Las Vegas and Chicago. I was looking forward to going there. Each place has attractive points, but especially I was touched by Grand Canyon in Las Vegas. I can’t believe that it is made by nature. It was magnificent. I went to Chicago by myself. I want to tell you I like Chicago! It is very beautiful city, it is not crowded city and people who I met were very kind. There are many skyscrapers and traditional building which I was attracted. I didn’t feel alone despite I was alone. I knew Chicago is called “Windy City.” At first, I didn’t have any ideas of the meaning, and I just apprehended that they have a strong wind than other cities and countries. It, however, has two meaning according to some writers. One is that it is chilly gust carried from Lake Michigan, the others is that Chicago has “full of hot air” of a political aspect. I had great time at every places I visited. Meanwhile I felt I’m fit in Kingston and realized how Kingston is comfortable for me to live.

July 1st was Canada Day. Kingston held fireworks. My host mother’s parents took me to go sailing to watch fireworks from their boat. It was the precious experience for me. I have a lot of wish list in my brain during being here both for studying and amusements. I’ll try to accomplish my to do list in Kingston.