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Loving the Sports Life in College

Ray, Class of 2020,  is attending College  in South Carolina, finding his passions in the classroom while living his passions on the volleyball and basketball courts.


Where are you now? (What city/country/university)
I go to the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.
What are you studying? What is your field of study/major?
I am studying Hospitality and Tourism right now and also taking several language classes on the side. Last year I took Japanese to help brush up my Japanese to be able to help Japanese tourists. Next semester I will start studying Spanish.
What was your favorite class so far?
Actually I’m trying to find my favorite class right now! I’m trying to find where my interests lie between hospitality and business. But I do have to say I enjoyed my Japanese class a lot. It was rewarding to help my classmates who were passionate about learning the language.
What was your least favorite class so far?
Sociology. I’m not a big fan of science and I didn’t find it a good fit for my interests, though probably a lot of people would. It just wasn’t for me.
What part of university life do you enjoy the most? 
To be honest, it’s the sports and hanging out at the gym. I love to play basketball and volleyball. I’m on a club team for volleyball and an intramural team for basketball, playing 5 on 5. Everyone’s backgrounds are very interesting and that’s how I’ve made friends and developed relationships. For example, even though you may not like someone, you still find a way to interact with them. It develops good people skills.
Outside of your studies, what’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or most excited about these days?
Hanging out with my friends! I think a lot of people think college means partying but you can have a lot of fun in small groups, playing card games, going out to eat, just hanging out without all the drinking and partying.
What is the one thing you miss about Japan/Nagoya? 
Definitely ramen. And miso because you can't find the proper kind of miso there. And mom and dad on the side, I guess.
Lastly, what words of wisdom do you have for your schoolmates still at NIS?
You still have time to grow and find out what you want to do. You don’t have to rush. That is what college is there for. Take your time and have as much fun as you can. Listen to your parents and enjoy your high school life!