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Enjoying an Active University Life

Yuta, Class of 2018, is majoring in Industrial Engineering and enjoying having helpful friends and an active university life at Purdue University in the US.


Where are you now?
I am a student here at Purdue University. It is in the City of West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America.

What are you studying? Do you have a major?
I major in Industrial Engineering here at Purdue. I also am contemplating a minor in management now since I need only one more class to obtain it.

What was your most favorite class so far?
All my classes are challenging, but I would say that my most interesting class so far would have to be my Integrated Production Systems class. This class taught me how big manufacturing companies operate.

What was your least favorite class so far?
My least favorite class so far must be my Statics and Thermodynamics class. I remember each homework assignment took me hours to complete. I would literally go to my Teaching Assistant's office hours and just nag them to help me HAHA. 

What part of university life do you enjoy the most?
University life is spectacular because everywhere you go you make new friends and acquaintances. Especially at Purdue, which is a huge school, every time you walk on campus you will see a new face. I appreciate how all my friends are here to help me out when I need them.

Outside of your studies, what is one thing you are excited about or interested in these days?
One thing I am excited about these days is working out with my friends in the gym. It's the time of the day where I goof around more than usual and relax my mind. I love the atmosphere we make for each other in the gym. It's always silly, but we are always serious when it is our turn to lift. Self-improvement has become a key concept for me. I am always looking for qualities that I can improve about myself. Working out in the gym tackles a lot of my qualities at once, such as discipline, physique, and social skills, so I always look forward to it.

What is the one thing you miss about Japan?
One thing I miss the most about Japan is the waiter call button they have in most restaurants. That thing is so convenient. I hate having to wait for my waiter or waitress to come, but I also hate having to send them away when I am not ready with my order yet. Most restaurants don't have that here because the system that they operate restaurants with is completely different. 

What's the most significant difference between where you are now and NIS?
I'd say the people. Back in NIS, everybody was still in high school. We were very ignorant and carefree. One big difference is that there are more people who know what they want to do with their life here at Purdue. I'm not saying that everybody knows what they want to do. Even as a senior, I know a large group of people who still haven't grasped their desired career path or life path in general. But one key difference for sure is that I see more people with ambition and drive for success. As a very easily influenced person, having these people in my circle significantly broadens my outlook on life.