I just finished reading another essay by Montaigne “on the education of children”, feeling both awed and baffled at the same time. Impressed by his deep philosophical arguments that are still pertinent to our modern days despite being written almost 500 years ago, I can feel the adrenaline rush in my body as I read through his rhetorical arguments line by line.
Life for the past few weeks had all been revolving around reading books, assignments and reports. Therefore, on this rainy Sunday, I decided to put away all my books for a while and rekindle this rusty blog. I thought: “A year has passed and I’ve written quite a few posts on some of my experiences here, but something seems amiss: I’ve never actually written anything about “how and “why” I came to Japan at the very first place.
So Why Japan?
The thought of studying in Japan never came to my mind when I first entered Canadian International Matriculation Program in Sunway University. I was initially aiming for UBC or U of Calgary in Canada, or at least a liberal arts college in the United States and even took a toefl test in advanced but all my plans fell apart when I found out that Canadian universities rarely offer scholarships to freshman but rather only after we enter its university (so that we can prove our results). It was a huge financial risk that I can’t afford to play with. Hence, I have to come up with a plan B. [Read more…]