早稲田大学 文化構想学部 JCulP AO入試 英文志望理由書 提出例(小林 信之 教授参考)
People, mother nature and things come in different shapes, and we all know that perception about “what is beautiful” may vary depending on culture. However, don’t we feel sometimes, something must be unconventionally universally beautiful? In 2014, I remember a journalist named Esther Honig went viral after she sent her picture to graphic designers around the world asking them to photoshop her to look “beautiful” and made a compilation of it. Social constructivists have repeatedly argued that there are no universal metrics of beauty. The strategy for arguing their case is to identify beauty metrics that are radically different across cultural settings, and hence conclude that universal components of beauty do not exist. However, I feel that this is an incorrect approach, as there are some metrics that are used universally such as asymmetrical features etc.
To continue, I would first like to express gratitude for the opportunity given, and in this short letter I will do my best to explain how I came to the very decision of applying for JCulP at Waseda University. I understand this is an extremely unique program offered by a prestigious school targeting students who wish to receive education in English, improve communication skills, and study Japanese cultures in comparison to other cultures. In fact, I am hoping to acquire academic English skills and pursue courses in International Culture, Japanese History and Economic studies throughout my academic years. I would be more than grateful if you could kindly give it a read and allow me to proceed. During the in-person interview, I would be delighted to expand more on my area of studies, previously participated activities, personal background and what I wish to achieve with the curriculum.
With regards to what motivated me to apply, I took part in a study abroad program this past summer, there my biggest findings were followings. 1) Education programs and mandatory curriculum are very unique to each country and some countries only study very brief history about Japan 2) Whether it’s something we read on the internet, the news or textbook, a lot of the content has been translated and original interpretation may differ, due to above reasons, being able to understand in English without bias and taking control of what I study would have huge impact on my academic intelligence. In addition, as nationalism boosts around the world, I feel ashamed that many young Japanese don’t take the pride in understanding their roots. As a responsible citizen to represent this country in the future, I wish to study my own heritage so that I can possibly teach someone who doesn’t know much about Japan. The world may be uncertain, but the best way to learn what the future has in store for us is to look at the past. Therefore, I am aligned with the school’s policy and curriculum design. I also strongly believe that discussion and presentation based classes promote active thinking and would really help with building academic skills, even real life skills. Thus, I am only considering JCulP or attending a school overseas as my potential academic paths.
With a prospect that the world will continue to invent, studying one thing may not promise a bright future, however, there are unlimited opportunities for our generation and appreciating our heritage is the first step. Inventions and exposure to different cultures allow us to question many aspects of life, which include work style, beauty standard, shape of family, political stance etc. Lastly, in order for me to attain high-level education and equip myself with what is needed to secure opportunities in the age of globalization, it is extremely important for me to study my own culture on top of various international studies among like-minded students at Waseda where intensive studies is offered. Thank you very much for taking the time to read and I am already excited to join such a great school next year.