Heading to Japan with KSU


To be honest, reality hasn’t hit me yet. I’m here, sitting in the airport, and typing this blog about going to Japan. However, I don’t feel like I’m going to Japan.

Thanks to several opportunities, I’ve done a lot of traveling lately, so sitting here almost feels like I’m doing just another domestic trip. Not that they’re not exciting. That’s far from the truth. I’ve just become used to traveling.

Just within the past year, I’ve been to San Francisco twice, Los Angeles, and Seattle! This trip to Japan is my biggest adventure yet. I think the scale of this trip actually won’t hit me until I’m half-way across the Pacific Ocean.

Originally, I was just going to Japan during the month of May with Kennesaw State University (KSU), but now I have another opportunity. I was selected to participate in the 2014 Japanese Critical Language Scholarship Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

With an acceptance rate of less than 10%, the Critical Language Scholarship is one of the most competitive scholarships in the U.S. and one of the most prestigious language program for U.S. citizens. This means that I will now be in Japan from May until August! Oh, and let me add, everything on this blog is my opinion and does not represent the views of the CLS program. You know, legal stuff.

For the meantime, this blog will focus on the first trip with KSU. I will be arriving in Tokyo and staying until the 17th which is when I leave for Nagoya. I’ll also be visiting Kyoto and Osaka. Instead of doing a daily blog, I’m going to divide it up by city and each blog will sum up the experiences of that city.

Here are some things I’m hoping to take away from the KSU trip:

  • A better grasp of Japanese life through first-hand experience.
  • Japanese language practice!
  • Meeting family and friends who live in Japan.

If I’m not studying Japanese on the plane, then I’ll  definitely try adventuring in Bravely Default! I’m afraid outside of that my time for games will be limited. As a result, there will be a lack of game-related content in the next few months. Please understand.


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