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Studying in Oregon

Ash, class of 2021, is living in Oregon, enjoying his Architectural studies, while looking fondly to the past and appreciating NIS. 


Where are you now?
I am currently in Eugene, Oregon in the United States studying at the University of Oregon.

What are you studying? What is your field of study/major?
I am studying Architecture with a minor in Anthropology. Recently started my third year of undergraduate studies.

What was your favorite class so far?
My favorite class has definitely been ANTH 349 Origins of Art. I took it last winter and really enjoyed it. It was the class that made me interested in getting a minor in Anthropology.

What was your least favorite class so far?
Least favorite class has to be the structures classes I need to take for my architecture degree. I enjoy the creative aspects of architecture, the physics of it not so much (sorry Mr. Steinkamp).

What part of university life do you enjoy the most?
I love the freedom and independence I have in dictating my own life. The infinite number of opportunities and communities I'm exposed to helps me grow in many ways.

Outside of your studies, what’s the one thing that you are most excited about these days?
I am the Vice President of the Japanese Student Association here at the university. I am most excited about the weekly meetings and the communities we support through our actions.

What’s the one thing you miss most about Japan/ Nagoya/ NIS? 
I miss the small and inclusive community of NIS. Going to a big university had me realize how special and unique the close knit community of NIS is.

Lastly, what words of wisdom do you have for your schoolmates still at NIS?
I didn't realize until I left how much NIS has prepared me for the outside world and supported me throughout this process. Take time to appreciate the opportunity you were given. because when you leave NIS that's when you truly realize how fortunate you are.



断然「Origins of Art (芸術の起源)」です。今年の冬に履修したのですが、とても面白かったです。人類学を副専攻にしたのはこのクラスがきっかけです。