Fumiya’s Final Reflection

In the first place, let me say one thing. This life changing summer in 2015 has certainly ended however, at the same time, it IS the beginning of something wonderful for each of us. For me, it’s the start of my journey to becoming a “global citizen”. It’s really hard for me (I think for everyone from this program) to write all the things that we’ve obtained through this experience. So, I’d like to express my time by enumerating what I’ve got during the program. Not to mention but, I’ve got great number of things from this summer. So it’s going to take a lot of time if I try to write about all things. So, just 3 big takeaways.

Firstly, of course, the “skills”. I’ve learned some useful methods like how to organize the ideas, how to see a thing from different points of view, how to ride DC metro, and etc. These knowledges are definitely important to be a global citizen, however I know it’s NOT enough.

So secondly, the “ideas”. I don’t just mean kinds of “general” ideas. For example, it’s necessary for us to deal with a problem as a future leader. This is surely true but, I mean more specific and concrete ideas like it’s needed for me to think about the reconstruction of Iwate prefecture to make my home town better. What I’m trying to say is that by listening to a lot of stories from different people and thinking hard about each topic then, discussing the theme with other people, I’ve made my own ideas. I believe that it’s combination of skills and ideas, maybe beliefs that enables us to overcome difficulties which is going to appear on the way to our objectives.

Last but not least, the “TOMODACHI”. This is the most crucial one to me, hopefully to everybody. I thought that we represent the saying; not bad, not worse but different. Each one got talented and unique. So, we could have overcome many problems no matter how big. As I said in the presentation, I do think that we are like family now. In addition, I’ve met wonderful adults who had supported us anywhere, anytime during the program. Moreover, I’d like to appreciate my host family, my fellow in Japan, my teacher and my family in Japan who helped us and realized the program. These are what I got in the program. Whatever crisis I may face, these takeaways will give me power to get over it. I’m feeling confidence myself and I’m relived thanks to these ones. Again, my journey to becoming a global citizen has just started. I’ll always keep what I got in mind and pursue my goal.

Fumiya Otani
Fukuoka Senior High School

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