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 (柳澤 明 教授参考)
- ACADEMIC PURSUIT
The Japanese seem to love calling themselves “islanders” and “島国文化” almost sounds like an excuse for their stubbornness. There was a round of articles I read about the similarities between the United Kingdom and Japan – both being an island that contributed to their cultures. Is it true, do we believe people from the UK and Japan get along? If we only focus on the facto islands, what about pacific islanders? Roughly four hundred years ago, the ends of the earth met: the United Kingdom and Japan, destined to become the two wealthiest island nations in the world. Both stubborn, eccentric, monarchies, both rejoicing the fact that they are entirely surrounded by water. I think it is worth exploring the similarities, friendship between the two countries and how respective cultures were shaped.
Most obviously, the British Isles and Japan are island clusters. Moreover, they are quite similar in size, with Japan encompassing some 145,000 square miles and the British Isles some 120,000. The two clusters are both situated in the north hemisphere and at roughly comparable distances from the neighboring massive continent, Eurasia. Japan copied Britain’s navy and post office system, and both societies are known for their long-lasting monarchies, which enjoy social prominence even today. Both societies are said to prefer the niche or quirky stuff like handmade cosmetics company Lush, and can be stubborn and hard to like at first.
It is fair to say, compared to civilizations on continents where different cultures and races mix, cultures are shaped differently and things have longer prosperity on islands. At the same time, that allows people to dig deeper – philosophy, art, music and all. It is difficult to find research papers focusing on the two wealthiest islands, but I would love to reveal more and publish to the world.
- ABOUT JCulP
I chose because JCulP is an extremely unique program that combines the best of American and Japanese education characteristics. 1. Research and presentation based classes – which world class schools like Harvard introduced to the education world. It is essential to have the ability to research, build digital wisdom, use case studies and voice opinions, in order to work in an increasingly competitive world. 2. Practical language skills – language is merely a tool and just studying the linguistic systems is not good enough to use it in the real world. 3. Appreciating the cultural roots – As a young born in a country with such long history, rich culture and economic significance, it is a responsibility for all of us to understand it, remind the world and pass it on to the next generations. Academic environment that promotes cultural understanding and diversity is a perfect place to prepare for the mission.
- AS A CANDIDATE
As much as I want to spend time appreciating our heritage and living in the bubbles, I am scared. So, what originally motivated me to look for an unconventional study program was rather a fear. It is because of the brutal truth, that many other Asian countries have outgrown Japan and it is truly humbling. In spite of the fearful reality, many young people are indifferent, reluctant to face it, too scared to travel abroad and take challenges. The elite in Japan used to be very smart, diligent, and passionate. What happened after the baby boomers and how can we continue to surprise the world?
Developed countries are facing population decrease and the international climate seems unstable. In a time like this, it is crucial we take our past mistakes seriously, embrace history, show sympathy to other cultures and be a better peacemaker. Therefore, I find the school’s philosophy, student demography and curriculum very attractive. I am sure I will be a great addition as I have a lot to share due to my determination, future contribution in seminars and researches, language skills and internship experiences.
To summarize, JCulP offers the kind of schooling that has it all. In order for me to equip myself with what is needed to secure opportunities in the age of globalization, I am very thrilled to join other like-minded students at Waseda next year.
- THANK YOU
Thank you very much for reading and I am looking forward to good news. If not an immediate admission, I would be delighted to expand more on my area of studies, personal background and what I wish to achieve with the curriculum during the in-person interview.