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Independent in Tokyo

Coco, class of 2020, is enjoying being independent, while learning the importance of managing her own time while studying at Waseda University.


Where are you now?
I am in Tokyo and studying at Waseda University.

What are you studying? What is your field of study/major?
I am studying under the Department of Political Science and Economics and currently majoring in Economics.

What was your favorite class so far?
An intermediate seminar I had last semester that is very relevant with financial technology. It is really interesting since there were a lot of things that I never knew. The professor let us do our own research on different types of financial technologies with the latest information. I never knew our life is full of financial technology and this class actually explained how they all work. Like Paypay or blockchain for example.

What was your least favorite class so far?
My Economics related math class lol. I thought I was not bad at math when I was back at NIS (and I actually like math) but Economics related math is really confusing. Especially when there is a lot to learn in each class. I can’t fully understand everything or keep up with the pace of the course.

What part of university life do you enjoy the most?
I would say being independent and enjoying my own time. Now I basically live by myself in Tokyo and I need to take care of all the housework and cook by myself. I enjoy cooking (except when I am super busy haha) and I learn more about the importance of managing my time. In university, everyone can live at their own pace.

Outside of your studies, what is one thing that you are excited about or interested in these days?
Actually I do a lot of activities other than studies haha. I joined a Japanese flower arranging circle (“ikebana”) and I do flower arranging once a week. I joined because I wanted to learn more about Japanese culture. But now the more I do the more I am interested in it! I always enjoy the quiet atmosphere when I arrange flowers and it makes me relaxed after my busy university life. Also, I can bring the flowers back to my house so I have different types of flowers in front of my door every week. It is pretty romantic :)

What is the one thing you miss about Nagoya?
Tokyo is too busy lol and I sometimes feel drunk (maybe we should use "confused"!?) in the crowds. Compared to Tokyo, Nagoya is quiet and chill. I really miss that part about Nagoya.

What’s the biggest difference between where you are now and NIS?
I think I am more clear about what I want and more confident in myself. Back at NIS, I was exploring more, and learning about what I want and what I can be. Most importantly, I was not confident enough with my decisions. But now I feel I can see more clearly through everything I do and know the things that I am lacking. I can also express my ideas more clearly. But I think this process was also important and made me who I am now.

What words of wisdom do you have for your schoolmates still at NIS?
I would encourage everyone to challenge themselves and fully enjoy NIS school life. NIS provides a lot of good opportunities for everyone. You can do sports, you can also join a school club or make your own, or many other possibilities. All you need to do is catch the chance to do it. I think it’s better to say that you failed in doing something instead of saying you regret not trying something. Good luck everyone!!