Konnichiwa [Hello]!! I’m AT and since this is the very first blog post, I’ll do a little bit of self-introduction. I’m 16 years old and am in the 2nd year of Japanese high school. I play volleyball 5 days a week but haven’t been playing for half a year since I got a torn ACL in my left knee. I’d been doing volleyball for 5 years and it felt like an END when I got injured. And that’s why I’m on this program now. I applied for this program because I thought it would be a great opportunity to change my volleyball-centered life to a richer life filled with more exciting things other than just volleyball. I’ve always been interested in English and American cultures since the time I lived in California with my family almost 5 years ago. I hope my experiences here will enhance my areas of interest and will become a guide for choosing my path in the future.