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 (宮沢 章夫 教授参考)
Now that social media has completely changed the way we communicate and find identity, how do we define subculture? The term subculture means a culture within a broader mainstream culture, with its own separate values, practices, and beliefs. In sociology, the concept of subculture explains the behavior of some social groups, as some subcultures are considered countercultures to the others. In addition, social media subcultures have made significant strides, because small groups within the social media who would not have been able to find joiners before the internet, can now make an influence or even become mainstream. Often having interests at variance with those held by the majority emerges as a subculture giving it an online identity to groups. Our society tends to have a pessimistic view, that because of social media people forgot how to establish real connections, however, it is serving an important role helping subculture groups find each other and give a sense of self-approval to individuals.
Here is my gratitude for the opportunity given, and I do my best to summarize how I came to the decision of applying for JCulP at Waseda University. I understand this is an extremely unique program offered by a prestigious school promoting students to receive education in English, obtain competitive communication skills in a dynamic international environment, and extensively study Japanese cultures from broad perspectives in comparison to other cultures. It is truly encouraging, because 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. 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.
-What Makes Me A Unique Candidate-
With regards to what motivated me to look for an unconventional study program, it is because of what I discovered when I took part in a cultural exchange program. My biggest findings were (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, Japan is pretending it is an internationalized society with the Olympics being held in Tokyo. However, the reality is the country is now ranked one of the most backwards country in the region lacking innovation. Many young Japanese are reluctant to travel abroad 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 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 we can find 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. 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.