Steve Harris ﾔ95
･JPN 101 through 402, East Asian Studies Major
･Bates Fall Semester in Tokyo & JSA at Kansai Gaidai
･Thesis in English –???
･As for what I’m doing in the fall, I plan on going to language school for about a year to a year and a half. I want my Japanese to get good enough so that I can use it in a future career. Right now I think I’m really interested in international education and in working in the administration area of the foreign exchange program at a school, or in a private program. I would love to work with Japanese and other Asian students in Australia or the States and be able to use my Japanese for counseling, etc. I’ve passed the second level of the Japanese proficiency test and I will probably shoot for the first level this year or next year. The test itself is not so important to me, but the school I am going to study at focuses on that area of study in their fall semester, so I don’t have much choice. It will be good for me to study grammer again though. The main way I enjoy studying now is by reading some, when I have some free time, and in a once a week class we usually watch some tv program or movie. After my stint at language school I’m not too sure of my plans yet, but I want to get some experience in a school which caters to international exchange students or a program similar to it. I’ve noticed a lot of these schools in Australia geared mainly to Asians so that’s why I’ve considered moving there. But of course the States is a possibility too. After some experience I will probably go to graduate school.
About my study at Bates, I can’t say I became anywhere close to fluent from it; but it did provide me with necessary basics and there were very important classes I do remember. Of course I think the only reason I didn’t improve more while I was at Bates was that I didn’t study enough. I’ve become a lot better living
in Japan and surrounded by Japanese everyday. For the most part I enjoyed my Japanese experience at Bates and I think I provided me with a good stepping stone toward further studies.
[Translation by S.Strong: I’ll write something in Japanese now. I don’t have anything particular that I want to say except to note that you won’t be able to master the language without having at least one year of study and homestay experience in Japan if you really want to study Japanese. And when you do come to Japan how about living in Kansai (i.e. Western Japan around Osaka)? [Note: Steve starts using Kansai-ben here, so be sure to read the original for full effect.] Kansai is one cool place. Everyone is really kind and fun to know and I think it is a whole lot nicer than Tokyo. Study hard!]
･Steven finished off the remaining credits for his Bates degree by studying at Kansai Gaidai for a semester. After that he took a position as an ALT for JET. He has remained in Wakayama-ken working for JET ever since then. This is his third year. (S.Strong)