Daily Life at University: JAPAN VS USA [Student Vlog 05]
(“You did answer!”) Japanese vs. USA University Life [JUNE 15, 2017] Aw, thank you! I know we just talked but I’m getting nervous and wanted to hear your voice again. What are you getting nervous about? Ohhhh the travel! Aw, you’re fine! You’re fine. Keep going! Are you going to school today? Yep, I’m about to run off to school to finish ONE LAST PAPER! This is it! One last paper~! Get it done~! One last paper~! This is it~! Alright, I love you. Talk to you soon. Alright, I love you, mommy. I’ll talk to you before I get on the plane. Ok! Wonderful. I’ll be here! OK – have a good day! You too, thank you, bye-bye! [ LET’S WALK TO SCHOOL] Hey everyone! Welcome back. I feel like it’s been a few weeks since I did a school vlog So, tomorrow is a really big day for me but in the meantime I wanted to share I mean, it’s been like 6 weeks since I did one of these? I feel like I haven’t filmed a school vlog in 6 weeks er something. …and there has been a lot that changed! So in these 6 weeks I’ve been getting used to like the classes and like, the courseload here on campus so I thought today, maybe I could share some of the differences of what I noticed between school here in Japan versus back home in the States. So, let’s do that today! [Things I notice on my Japanese campus: Fashion] The first big difference I noticed is fashion. I feel like the staple fashion in the States is to wear skinny jeans, flip-flops and a hoodie. But in Japan, I feel that girls will 80% of the time will either wear a skirt or very loose pants. So you see a lot of girls in (long) skirts. I feel like in the States that girls do not wear (longer) skirts to school because it’s too troublesome? I need utility in my clothes. I need to move without stuff blowing away. But the majority of the time, girls wear skirts here and I don’t know how they’re keeping their skirts down but there must be a starch spray I’m not aware of! But I’m almost late for class – we have… I have 2 minutes to get to class Let’s go! [ OOPS! ] Guys! The weirdest thing just happened to me?! So I just walked into class and the guy who was presenting today was like just like “You’re half an hour early!” I asked what time class starts and he said 10:30… and I’m like… does this not say I’m late for class? He was like, no it’s not 10:30 it’s 10:05 er something… …are you kidding me??? He said someone’s probably playing with my phone …Guys! Can someone please explain this to me?! (Computer say 10:17 but phone says 10:43) What’s wrong with my phone?!?!? Alright. That’s ridiculous! [Things I Notice on my Japanese Campus: CLASSES ]
I didn’t explain this yet, but basically, [Things I Notice on my Japanese Campus: CLASSES ] the way that classes work here is that you only have each class one time per week. Each class is two credits and in grad school, I think you’re supposed to take six classes per semester but because of the way the credits worked out this semester I’m taking 9 classes this semester which I guess is like 18 credit hours? But they only meet once a week. So you have to learn everything and somehow retain it each week And also, this may just be a product of my school and not Japanese schools in general but there’s not a lot of selection? The department here is pretty small so core classes only occur at set time, which tend to conflict so I had to take as many as I could this semester which is nine classes. So I guess 18 credit hours, but it feels like so much more. Apparently time-warping phones is another difference here in Japan… You gotta be kidding me… You already drank it all?! So, I’ll get started on my paper… then once you’re back we can go eat? Do you mind throwing this out for me? (Sure!) Thanks! OK I’ll see you… NEVER. See ya never. [ Things I Notice on My Japanese Campus]
HOMEWORK I feel like homework is different here or at least here in my graduate school because it’ll be different when I’m a second-year student but the majority of my classes now in the first year you have to write a paper for almost every class every week… which really starts to grate on you. So you have to do the reading, then write the paper then go to class and listen to someone present the same content So I feel like there’s a lot more repetition of the content, whereas in the States you kind of just like read — or don’t — and show up to class to listen to a lecture. So yeah, there’s not really lectures it’s mostly like “rindoku” (presenting in terms) So we’re all given a section or a research topic. and then you have to present on it. So that’s a difference but… To that light, I actually have to get writing! So just sitting in my little cubbyhole and getting this done before class starts time to GOOOO~! [ PRINT ] Yep… Sadly, the time is not wrong this time around. It’s 5:30 a.m. Good Morning, everyone, for the SECOND time in this video… It’s is a brand new morning. it’s Friday morning. Friday the 16th at 6:30 a.m. and this is my computer so I believe this clock is right. So I got home last night after class and was just too busy to finish filming because I had to pack and get ready because I’M GOING HOME! I’m flying home in a few hours and I’m finally going home to see my best friend who’s getting married! (And I’m a bridesmaiddddd) I’m so excited, this means I’m going home to New York then I’m going all the way home to Virginia And i’m also going to Florida for the Bachelorette Party. So I’m going to be all over the East Coast for the next week but I don’t think I really have time to film so I really want to get this video done as soon as possible. Maybe i can finish editing in the airport. So, I did get my paper done by the way. I turned it in, I went to class and then my teacher decided to assign me one last presentation before the semester ends for his class. I was like, “What?! You want ME to teach?!” he’s all like “You’ll be FINEEEE” but he wouldn’t look me in the eye. Ohp! I think my toast is done. Another thing I did was go to lunch with my friend in the States we definitely have cafeterias kind of like “Shokudou” as they’re called in Japanese I usually end up eating cafeteria or convenience store food, which looks so different. It’s like Deep-Fried Cutlets and Gravy or like Katsudon… and ramen…and chilled reimen noodles… I’m just so used to eating a sandwich in the States but there are full-on dinner items that you can have for lunch here. and I guess it’s also kind of different because I’m used to like, dorm life. In the US, I feel like dorms, and campus and college towns are big concepts in the U.S. I used to live in the dorm here, which was a 1-hr train ride from campus Like… it’s an HOUR away?! How is that even affiliated anymore?! In the U.S., if I drove an hour away I’d be at another State or at least another campus Dorms and living on campus really isn’t a thing here If you do live in a dorm, they’re more like single rooms in the U.S. single rooms are a rare thing. You usually have a double or a four-person suite. But a nostalgic thing, is that there’s still a huge library. there are great libraries here too and quiet places where you can sit and the library has a cafe that makes the BEST espresso that I’ve had in Japan. There are definitely differences. Obviously, being taught in Japanese is the biggest difference But, it’s not all THAT different from my experience of University life in the U.S. But what about you guys? Maybe my Japanese viewers can weigh in? The things that I’m seeing here on campus… is this maybe just my personal experience? Is this normal in other Japanese school as well? I’m so tired, my throat’s dried out… I also threw in a lot of souvenirs. Mostly food… Snacks, and things I picked up. Also, since Boomer likes to cook Japanese curry I got him something similar, Hokkaido Cream Stew and Hokkaido Beef Stew. I’ll give those to him. A new Hokkaido flavor for him to try cooking with. So, I found the craziest thing for my friend. My friend who’s getting married, I’ll have to get her a proper present too but she’s an amazing artist and she sketches I found this book that looks silly / ridiculous but it’s a catalog of natural poses of people doing normal things. My favorite is the people playing video games. Or like, lying down reading a book! I don’t know how series this is. I saw it on…. Rocket News er something? But I actually thought that she would like it so whatever, this is OK, right? This is my favorite souvenir that I’m bringing home this time. So I hope you guys liked this kind of sightly different video. This is impossible.. my hair’s impossible. I have to do all of my homework on the plane. I think I’ll pay for internet so I can get my homework done on the plane. But yeah, I hope you enjoyed this school vlog and I’ll see you at some point next week! Alright, thank stew for watching today! Did I say stew??? Oh well. THANK STEW FOR WATCHING! Ew. gross. So yeah, I’ll see you guys in my next video and thanks for watching! I have to get to the plane, and I’ll see you guys soon!