早稲田大学 国際教養学部 AO入試 志望理由書 提出例(スタント カワン 教授参考)
Dear Representative at Admission Office,
First and foremost, I would like to thank for the opportunity given, and in this letter I will do my best to explain my motivation in applying for School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University, hoping to pursue a major in Media History and International Business Studies later in my academic years. I would be more than grateful if you could kindly give it a read and grant me an admission. During the in-person interview, I would also be delighted to expand more on my area of studies, previously participated activities and what I wish to achieve with liberal studies curriculum including study abroad program.
In early 2000s, we heard a term “freeter” “albaito” very often describing people who deliberately decide not to become “salary men” including housewives and students. In 2020, we are seeing a similar trend with different name “remote worker” “freelancer” to refer to those who left office jobs and work remotely full time or part time. What is really happening in the workplace today and what does this mean for the next wave of young workers these days?
According to a report coming from IWG, a competitor of WeWork, serviced office space providing company, 70% of all workers work remotely once a week and more than 93% of part-time workers said they would work longer hours if they had flexible work arrangements, plus 30% of unemployed workers said they would take up some work if more flexibility was promised. Some experts even say if more people could work remotely, the U.S. economy could gain trillions. This really make us think, why do we even bother go to the office physically when majority of the work can be done from anywhere with laptop? Analyzing motivation at work, problems with remote work, and problems remote society can solve is an urgent task for social scientists and companies.
In all societies, there are those who fit in the mainstream and those marginalized in the periphery. In Berry and Sam acculturation model, those who do not wish to not seek to engage with the dominant society have a marginalized orientation, lacking “cultural fit”. Applying the model to the recent working culture context, the mainstream society consists of interdependent full-time workers who value group harmony and seniority. On the other hand, those with a marginalized orientation in the periphery are those who reject the mainstream cultural values but do not possess a different cultural identity, such as Freeter, NEET etc. But does this include remote workers? Is it all negative, a limited option for those who can’t fit in? Promoting remote work or partially remote work can ease traffic, rush hour and environmental problems with the emission, or even low birth rate by allowing parents more time to raise children with flexibility. However, if we refuse to engage with the corporate culture and seniority, what is there left to motivate people at work? Difficult to think of any besides money, which could boost the economy if people had more time to spend it.
We live in a very thrilling time, with many aspects of life being questioned and innovated. Understanding the wider options with regards to how we wish to lead our lives, I feel the strong need to study social science, motivation, corporate studies to continue my research on this topic and further gain my own perspectives to unlock different pockets of opportunities in today’s competitive global workplace. And in order for me to attain high-level education and equip myself with what is needed to survive the next decades of globalization and competition, it is extremely important for me to study various international studies among like-minded students at Waseda where liberal studies is offered. Studying abroad in relevant school that excel in the field of studies would be an enriching experience. Thank you very much for reading and I am very much looking forward to hearing good news.