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【留学】マレーシアからの留学だより #2

2016年06月21日 国際交流

About School

10 June 2016

As the middle of semester is coming, I have got thousands of assignments including individual and group work. Although every subject that I am taking now is quiet tough for me, if I had to choose one, I would say IETP (International Economics Theory and Policy) is the hardest and toughest subject. I had two assignments in IETP. One was group assignment which was book review. All I had to do was choose one economic book with group member, read a book, review a book and make a presentation together in tutorial class.

I had enough time to read a book because I received a book a month before deadline, however, I put important things aside and didn’t start reading until a few weeks before deadline. Because of my laziness, I couldn’t finish reading a book in the end and couldn’t contribute to my group. Besides, I couldn’t do well in the presentation because I was extremely nervous although I was in charge of the easiest part which was introduction (introducing author and summary of the book). I really felt so small and felt thankful to my group member as well. I really regret that I didn’t put more effort into things at which I am bad.

About holiday

I have been to Thailand with my friends for 5 days last month. Since there was e-learning week which means there was no class in the university for a week but students had to read slides and submit some tasks depending on subjects. Since we had found cheap flight ticket to Bangkok, we have booked round ticket immediately. Needless to say, Thailand was extremely interesting, beautiful and fabulous country. We stayed in Bangkok which is capital of Thailand on the first and the second day. We have bought lots of clothes especially counterfeit products. One of my friend from Poland was very excited about cheap counterfeit products in Thailand and has bought a lot for himself, his friends and his family. On the third day, we headed to Pattaya city by bus, which took about four hours from Bangkok. Since Pattaya is located along the sea, they have beautiful white beach. We just chilled on the beach and chatted a lot at night. We also went to small island called Ko Lan island during the stay in Pattaya. We rented motorbike in the island (only 900yen for 4 hours) and my friend taught me how to drive motorbike. I tried banana boat and jet ski there as well, which were a bit expensive but much cheaper than in Japan.

Since three of us were walking whenever we wanted, one of my friend got lost when we were in a huge shopping mall. The other friend and I have decided to ask information canter to announce using microphone “~friend’s name~ please come to information center on the 1st floor, your friends are looking for you”. Although we were looking for him for 2 hours, we couldn’t find him in a huge mall. We decided to go back to hostel because we thought he might be back to hostel already. Unfortunately, he was not in hostel and we had no idea where he was, but we were sure that he would manage to come back to hostel because he knew the way and was 27 years old. My friend told me that he wanted to buy some clothes for her sister, so we went out to the big street where people were selling lots of clothes and food. When we were about to go back to hostel after shopping, we happened to meet him! It was so nice feelings that we suddenly met on the small street in huge Thailand. Other than that accident, we have discussed a lot each other every time we got problems during the stay in Thailand. Thanks to those experience, our friendships became stronger and we have made lots of unforgettable memories together.

授業に関して(英語・専門科目)

学期の中間になってくると同時に、課題の量も増えてきて、最近は大量の課題と格闘していました。中でも苦手な経済からグループ課題と個人課題の二つが出て、本当に日本に逃げたくなるくらい辛かったです!
グループ課題は経済の本を一つ読んで、グループでその本を振り返ってプレゼンテーションをする、といったものでした。一か月前に本は自分の手元にあったにも関わらず、課題の締め切りの数週間前になって読み始めたので、もちろん300ページ程ある経済の本を読み終わるはずもなく、グループのメンバーに迷惑をかけてしまいました。

プレゼンテーションでも、緊張して上手く話せなかったので、テイラーズ大学での初のプレゼンテーションは後悔だらけとなってしまいました。 個人課題では三つの国と経済のトピックを一つ選んで、回帰分析を自分で作って分析し、その国々にあった経済の政策を考える、といったものでした。簡単そうに見えて、すべて終わるまでかなり時間がかかりました。
テイラーズで今5学期目を受けていて、同じクラスにいるタンザニアの子は私が理解するまでこの課題は具体的に何を書いたらいいかや、データのダウンロード方法、EViews(分析のソフトウェア)の使い方などたくさん教えてくれました。 なんとか課題は提出できましたが、何事も早め早めにやっておくべきだなとつくづく感じました。

学習環境・キャンパス・学生交流等について

大学の図書館が土曜日は5時に閉まって日曜日はあいていないので、週末に集中して勉強したい時や本を借りたい時に使えないので、そこは少し不便に感じています。
それでも学校にSUBWAYやいろいろなカフェやレストランがあるのは便利だなと感じます。(ローカルのお店より少し高いのであまり食べないようにしてますが・・・。最近はSUBWAYがお気に入りです。)はサンドイッチとジュースで300円くらいです。
寮では、相変わらずシェアメイトと意見が食い違ったりしていますが、どのように伝えれば彼女に私の思いが伝わるのかなと考えながら、毎日会話をしています。これも、コミュニケーション能力向上に繋がる大事なことだと思います。