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 (大石 雅彦 教授参考)
Area of Study I Am Most Interested In:
It is said that we live in the world of impression (image) rather than truth, but do we really understand what that means? Words have power but how much power and is it losing to photos and videos on social media? Social Media has amplified our ability to edit images or recast statements even if they do not belong to us, which greatly changed the way we communicate, express, understand brands etc. Our so-called image culture leans too much in the direction of popularity and simulacrum. However, I feel like this may not be the end of the world, especially because of how humanity developed. Shared fictions come in various shapes – in the form of news, religions, novels, sports, money, social posts, celebrities, brands – and they fill our lives, but it is not something we recently started. Humans always had the superior ability to imagine more than what’s in front of them, and it is these shared beliefs that have helped humans cooperate and conquer the planet anyway. But it certainly does not mean we can allow ourselves to be consumed on social media, I feel the need to study our media history, perceptions and images created by it and its impact on our lives.
What Makes The Program So Unique:
I would like to express gratitude for the opportunity given, and I do my best to summarize 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 inviting students to receive education in English, drastically improve communication skills in a dynamic international environment, and extensively study Japanese cultures in comparison to other cultures. In order for us to shine in an increasingly competitive world after graduation, we must acquire diverse skills. For example, language skills to express better than computers and translation machines, international mindset and cultural flexibility, specialized expertise in one thing with broad understanding of the economic system, character and cultural roots are the things I can add to the list. In fact, I am looking for a program that can facilitate my plan to acquire academic English skills and pursue courses in Comparative cultural studies, Japanese History, International Business and open up my career path.
Why Am I Fit For The Program?:
I would be more than grateful if you could continue to read and allow me to proceed. During the in-person interview, I would be delighted to expand more on my area of studies, personal background and what I wish to achieve with the curriculum. With regards to what motivated me to look for an unconventional study program, I took part in a cultural exchange program recently in the states, there my biggest findings were the following. (A) Length of mandatory education is different in different countries (B) Education programs and content are very unique to each country and some countries only study very brief history about Japan (C) Japan used to be the main subject of Asian study, however, China has become more innovative now and the world is copying China now (D) Whichever content we encounter on the internet, media news or textbook, majority of them has been translated and biased, meaning original interpretation may differ and our thoughts are controlled. Due to the above reasons, being able to understand original content in English without bias and taking control of what I process would have a huge impact on my academic and lifetime intelligence.
In addition, I feel ashamed that many young Japanese are reluctant to go outside Japan and take challenges, moreover don’t even take the pride in understanding their roots. Therefore, when we are put in a same bowl as the rest of the world, we are very inappreciative and incompetent. International climate seems unstable, and 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 and learn from mistakes. As a next generation to represent this country, I wish to know my own heritage so that I can be forced to extend it to the world and make an impact both culturally and economically. Therefore, I find the school’s philosophy and curriculum design very attractive. I also strongly believe that discussion and presentation based classes promote active thinking and would really help with building academic skills, even real life communication skills. Because of this, I am only considering JCulP or attending a school overseas as my potential bachelor options.
To summarize, in my belief the best kind of schooling out there is, the kind that combines the advantages of Western teaching that cultivates non-passive thinking and intensive study of Japanese heritage. As we fear, cultural borders are blurred and we are turned into followers on social media, having understanding of how the world worked till now is the first step to develop digital wisdom and live a civilized life. With a prospect that the world will continue to invent, studying one thing may not promise a bright future, however, having previously mentioned skill sets sounds promising. In order for me to equip myself with what is needed to secure opportunities in the age of globalization and achieve my goal, I am very thrilled to join other like-minded students at Waseda next year. Thank you very much for taking the time to read and I am looking forward to your reply.