Diary Post: Acting Your Age And Unanswered Questions.

I heard something along the lines of this recently: Your teens are supposedly your biggest growth and hardest time in your life, but in reality you’re 20’s really are because you are expected to do everything like an adult and act like an adult when you yourself do not have everything figured out yet. 

Sometimes I feel like I am still a little kid trapped inside an woman’s body, that I am taking on so many things at only 22 (almost 23) years old by moving to another country and trying to learn another language and going to an MBA program straight out of undergraduate education. But then sometimes I even feel like I am too serious for my age and get told to “loosen up” and “have some fun while your young!”. I honestly don’t even know what “acting my age” even means. I have been told my whole life that I act more mature than my age, but then why do I feel like a little kid inside still? Why do I feel like I have to have all the answers figured right now? Its fast approaching the 1 year mark of me being here in Japan (August 15th) and I know I have grown and learned a lot as a person, but am I really going to be able to get a job when I don’t even know what I want to do? I say the business side of Japanese entertainment and such, but I myself don’t even know how I am going to be able to get there. I am trying my best at learning more Japanese, while at the same time going to my MBA program and working part time teaching english. I am meeting so many people and I am learning a lot, but is that enough to get me a job? What else do I have to do? I feel like I am being told by many different means that I am not doing enough to get a job here after graduation when that is the number one thing on my mind at the moment. Does this truly mean I am not doing enough? and am I too young to be doing this? How can I study Japanese at the same time as completing my studies and doing a part time job and also having time to enjoy the country I love. I ask myself these questions all the time recently. 

Although I might never find the answers to these questions, I will do my best with the situation I am in at the moment and push forward. I guess I just have to believe that everything is going to work out and work harder on my Japanese studies. I will do my best! 

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Diary Post: Goodbyes are Bittersweet – Reflections of the Past 4 Months in Japan

After I have posted this entry I will have been all packed and ready to leave Japan or have gone home.  The last thing I am doing is going to see Wild 7 with two really goods friends on the 21st.

What can I say? I hate goodbyes. Everyone does. I really don’t want to say goodbye to this country that has given me some of the best memories of my life and saw me grow as a person. As I am writing this, I am on the Shinkansen going back to Kyoto after being in Tokyo for the Kanjani8 concert.  I am feeling a bit sad, so I guess I will reflect on some of the good and the bad things, as well as some of my favorite things that I will miss from my study abroad here in Japan in these 4 months.

  • The Transportation: I will miss the transportation here in Japan so much. Even though a bit expensive, I love the convenience and how you can get most anywhere on a train or a bus. It’s so convenient.  Especially in the Kansai Region of Japan, I could get to Kobe from outside of Osaka in about an hour. Even though I don’t like bikes that much, I will miss riding my bike to my university everyday or to the supermarket to get food.  I will also miss the Shinkansen. I love riding it, even though it is expensive.
  • The Customer Service: Even though people call the Japanese two faced sometimes, I can’t help but to love the customer service. In America, it’s always so rushed. In Japan, they take the time to package your items nicely and to say welcome to the store.
  • Shinsaibashi and Osaka: I will miss Shinsaibashi so much. I have so many memories of going to Shinsaibashi with my friends; memories of the Johnny’s shop, Mandarake, getting my Hair Cut, Purikura, clothes shopping and so much more. I will always remember my first visit to Shinsaibashi with my roommates and how much fun it was. Osaka in general I love so much. It has such a personality and I wish I had more time to explore it. My heart will always be in Osaka because it is where I have spent the most time here in Japan and I feel the closest to. I honestly feel like an adopted Osakan at times.
  • The Friends: I will miss the friends that I made here so much, especially my Japanese roommate, my Johnnys buddy and amazing friend at my university here, Meghan, and last but not least my “older sister” Ci. I am going to miss you all. I really am.
  • The Concerts: I was so lucky to be able to see three concerts here in Japan and they were amazing. I am going miss Johnnys concerts so much. I am going to miss listening to my favorite music live and feel apart of something amazing for once in my life. It’s not just the actual concerts, but the memories that were created from them with my friends. I was so lucky to be able to make these amazing friends that love the same things as me and have the same goals as me.
  • The Bad Times: It wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies everyday. I struggled a bit in this foreign environment. Even though I had been here for 4 times before, I had a hard time at some points. Some of that had to do with me going to graduate in May and not knowing what I want and I still don’t know what I want. I struggled with some cultural difference between me and the Japanese people and I have started to get used to it. Just as I am starting to get used to this environment, I am being pulled back into my home country. I wish I could stay longer, but I can’t.

This is only a small reflection of a wonderful 4 months. I can’t describe what I am feeling right now and what I have experienced the last 4 months in just one entry.

Goodbye Japan! This is not the end, though.