Starting A New Adventure at Kansai Gaidai!

Hello everyone! Perhaps some of you may remember me from last semester while I was blogging about my time at Kansai Gaidai. However, if you are new to this site, I will reintroduce myself. My name is Jacob Smith and I am a Junior majoring in English Education at USF. Last semester I had possibly the greatest time of my life studying in Japan. Everything was so new and different from life in the United States. I have learned so much from my time in Japan. If asked to do it again, I would do it in a heartbeat. Well, much to my surprise, at the end of my last semester, I received an email from my USF study abroad advisor which said he had received a wonderful email about me from the staff at Kansai Gaidai University. They were extending an invitation for me to extend my stay. I kid you not…I was so excited I thought I was dreaming when I first read it. After I finally calmed down, I began sending emails to my advisors and some of my professors at USF and Kansai Gaidai. Once everything was decided, I began to make plans as to what I should do for summer. My initial thought was to return to the United States and fly back to Japan once the new semester was about to start. My initial plan was tossed away after I received an invitation to stay at my friends house for the summer.
Wait…am I still dreaming?? Luckily, I am not!
The following day I stopped by the Osaka Immigration Bureau and received confirmation that I could stay in Japan during the summer and will be able to pick up my new visa card when I return to Osaka. I left my homestay and began my summer adventure in Niigata, Japan.  This summer has been an absolute dream. I have climbed mountains, traveled to nearby “paradises” and witnessed the most magnificent fireworks display that I have ever seen. Unfortunately, time is a very curious thing in Japan, as it seems to move 5 times faster than it did when I lived in Florida. My summer vacation will soon come to an end and I will return to Kansai Gaidai for yet another thrilling semester.
I hope all of you have had a wonderful summer and are preparing for the next semester at USF. If you are interested in finding out what life is like in Japan or have any questions about anything, feel free to comment on here and I will respond to you as soon as possible.

One thought on “Starting A New Adventure at Kansai Gaidai!

  1. Hey Jacob,
    This is my first time on the USF education abroad site, and literally just happen to run across your journal post. I was only taking a look at the site, but once I saw Kansai Gaidai, it immediately caught my interest because I knew that was Japan! I spent a year in Japan and am fascinated as well by the Japanese culture! It would be awesome to hear more about your experiences (my email is attached to this reply)
    Getting offered an extended stay in Japan was an awesome story and I am sure you have got a lot of enriching experiences there.


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