|Student board work - we earned a red flower for the first time last week. I did #1.|
One of the most enjoyable (but also the most challenging) parts of my Japan experience so far is learning the language. With the Rotary Peace Fellowship program, we aren't required to take any Japanese language classes after the summer intensive course, but I decided to continue with the academic courses offered throughout the year. This has several advantages and disadvantages. First, I'm not allowed to take the classes pass/fail, so the grade counts on my transcript. Unfortunately, the courses are extremely rigorous; on the first day the teacher basically said that they don't give out A's. Also, it's a huge time suck. I spend three mornings a week in class which limits my time for research and study for other graduate courses. It also limits which graduate courses I can take since Japanese takes up three entire mornings. It also demands a huge amount of work outside of class and we are all required to meet with a tutor once a week and individually with our instructor once a week as well. The advantage of taking such a course is that I'm exposed to Japanese practice in class over 12 hours a week and it forces me to learn, practice and do work outside of class.
|My usual blue flower with a rare red flower on homework|
|Some handwriting practice with lots of correction|
|Grammar practice for the final exam|