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 (山田 真茂留 教授参考)
In today’s world where individualism seems to be the right way to go, identities at both individual and mass level may be at risk. This is due to the fact that, with increased digitization and ease of transportation, we are exposed to a lot more information than before and diverse lifestyles, therefore it has become quite difficult for individuals to belong to one culture or form a group to share with, so individuals are at lost and communities are disappearing. Social identity is a subject shared in sociology and anthropology, and social identity theory is built on three key cognitive components: social categorization, social identification, and social comparison. And I am looking for an intensive seminar class in which I can explore this subject taking real world examples into account, such as younger generations identity crisis, disappearance of communities and remote ethnic groups etc.
Before continuing, I would 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.
To add, I think the best kind of schooling we can find is, the kind that combines the advantages of exposition to western teaching that cultivates non-passive thinking and deep dive into Japanese culture and our own heritage. With a prospect that the world will continue to invent, studying one thing may not promise a bright future, however, understanding the history and appreciating our heritage is the first step to obtain digital wisdom. 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.