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札幌開成高校での講演会【Seminar at Sapporo Kaisei High School】

posted Jan 27, 2014, 5:40 AM by Yoshitaka Uchida Hokudai
Compared to the time when I was a high school student, more and more high school students are thinking about studying overseas for their tertiary education. It is a wonderful thing but the information available for them, with regards to studying overseas, is still small and I believe it is important for me to share my experience with young students to help them making their dreams come true. 
     My experience at a University in New Zealand is very unique because as far as I understood, there are few Japanese students went straight to an oversea University to study a scientific degree after finishing a Japanese high school. 
     Thus, I was honoured to be able to share my experience at Lincoln University with local high school students, from Sapporo Kaisei High School. I mainly talked about what I have been thinking and doing when I was a high school student to prepare for studying in New Zealand. I was impressed by the fact that so many students wanted to ask me questions. Also, I enjoyed feeling that they had such a pure heart and they had so many wonderful dream. I hope that my talk at least help them a little bit to make their dreams come true. The teacher who invited me to talk was also very nice and we hope to continue having a good relationship with this high school. 

私が高校生だったころに比べると、留学を考える高校生の割合はだいぶ増えたのではないだろうか。ただ、まだまだ彼らにとって、留学に関する具体的な情報は少ないため、私の海外での経験を伝えることは大切ではないだろうか。
 ニュージーランドの大学での経験はとても貴重でした。日本の高校を卒業してそのまま海外の大学へ進学した人はほとんどいないので、そのような経験は話して伝えていかなければいけない。
  札幌開成高校でそのような機会をいただけたことは本当に嬉しかった。私が高校生のころ何を考え、どのように留学への準備をしたか、ということをしっかりと思い出しながら話しました。たくさんの生徒さんから質問があったのには感激しましたし、彼らが本当にピュアな心でたくさんの夢を持っているんだ、ということを感じられたのは何よりもうれしかったです。私の話が、彼らが夢をかなえる上で少しでも役立てばと思っています。私を招待してくださった先生もとても良い方で、今後もいろいろと良い関係を築いていければよいと思っています。
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