Yukiko's time at Seiritsu came to a close on Friday the 23rd. We asked Marina to interview Yukiko and get her feedback. We are including some of that interview here for people to read.
Marina (M): What was your most memorable experience?
Yukiko (Y): I was lucky and had quite a lot of really good experiences, but I’ve got to say the class party my class organised for me at the end was one of the most memorable experiences. Almost everyone in the class turned up to it and we had a really good time at an okonomiyaki restaurant!
M: What was your favourite class?
Y: My favourite class was definitely PE, where I got to involve myself the most with the activities we did. During my stay our class was focusing on basketball which I really enjoyed. It’s one of the few classes where you can really get to know your classmate and make new friends!
M: How did you fit into the class?
Y: I was really lucky to have a class which had many friendly people! Therefore I was able to fit in really well, and by the end of the trip I was extremely close to many of my classmates. I focused on being open to conversation and tried to talk to friends as much as I could.
M: What surprised you the most from this exchange?
Y: I was familiar with the Japanese style school from my experience at an international school; however I was surprised at the length of time the clubs go on for. I attended the tennis club and which started at 4 and went on until 8 each club day. That’s 4 hours per session which I was quite surprised by.
M: How was your home stay?
Y: My home stay was amazing! They were the kindest, most caring people, who made my time here so enjoyable! They took me out for sightseeing for example Mt.Fuji, Kamakura, Yokohama, etc. and made really delicious food each day! I’m really grateful I was able to stay with such a nice family!
M: What advice would you give to others?
Y: The biggest advice I would give would be to make as many friends as you can and involve yourself in all the activities provided! Just be open and talkative and once you find the right group of friends, your stay will be really enjoyable! I had an amazing time here, and I hope you will too!
We would like to thank Yukiko for coming and being such a great student. We hope you come visit us again. Good luck with your regular school!
Seiritsu Gakuen staff and students