北京大学 Kai-xiao Guoさん
The first day I arrived in Japan, I feared talking with people and felt a sense of embarrassment when I did not know what topic was being discussed. Over the next few days, however, smiling faces and comforting eyes helped me to forget that I was in an unfamiliar environment, and I quickly joined in.
ソウル大学 Ara Joさん
First, this program was very instrumental in allowing us to experience not only Japanese culture but also Indonesian and Chinese cultures through interaction with international members. We were very impressed with the kindness displayed by the Japanese people. Many members of the nursing college of Chiba University volunteered to work with us, and even though it posed a hardship for them to accompany us due to the hot weather, they were exceptionally kind and polite.
This is my first time traveling abroad. I have always dreamed of visiting Japan, and that dream has finally come true. When I arrived at Narita Airport, I was very excited. As I took the train from Narita to Chiba, I experienced some of the advanced technology from home, including the train, many different types of vending machines, and, of course, Suica. Japan appears to be very orderly and clean, which is different from my own country.
This program was my first experience of going overseas, so at the start I was filled with nervousness and anxiety. However, that changed to hope and enjoyment as the other program participants and I took our Korean language classes and studied the differences between the Japanese and Korean healthcare systems and other topics.
Prior to entering university, I wanted to participate in the Transcultural Nursing Program at the University of Alabama. Once I was set to participate in the program, I was more concerned about the language barrier and living in a foreign country for two weeks than looking forward to it. During my participation, however, I found everyday fun and interesting, so the two weeks flew by quickly.