上智大学 国際教養学部 FLA AO入試 英語志望理由書 提出例 (ﾌｧｰﾗｰ ｼﾞｪｰﾑｽ 教授参考)
Dear Admission Office,
I composed this letter to explain my interest and motivation in applying for the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia University.
Migration tells us about the trends of social changes. From the historical viewpoint during the process of industrialization and economic development, people migrated from farms to industries, from villages to cities, from one town to another and from one country to another. In modern times, due to globalization, the exchange of goods and human capital is increasing, which is worth studying as it affects birth and death rate – a hot topic for countries like Japan. Also, technological changes are taking place in emerging Asia, Africa, and Latin America due to which these regions are witnessing large-scale migration from rural to urban areas. History repeats itself, and we can certainly learn from developed countries who had already gone through these social changes.
Globalization brought positive changes to our lives, but at the same time, it is casting challenges in many aspects of life – labor, security, culture, environment, and everything. As a fact, widespread dissatisfaction is growing about the effects of globalization. Around the world, between nations and peoples, fault lines are starting to grow as represented by Brexit and the U.S. under the leadership of Donald Trump. The increasing surge of nationalism and everyone seems busy securing their fortune, in the time of globalization and unstable international climate on top of economic depression. It is a scary time, despite humanitarian work and advocate for equality, the economic divide between the rich and poor is only getting bigger. According to OECD, merely 1% of the population controls half of the global wealth, the next 5% owns roughly 33% of all resources, which leaves 25% to the vast majority of the population and it is only up to us which group we want to be in.
Ignorance is a blessing in one way. And very fortunately, we can live in our bubbles in a country economically established like Japan, unaware of what is happening in the world now. Although I can choose to do the same, I decide to cast challenges to myself as the world has become “smaller” and I wish to be on the right side of the shift – which starts with competitive entrance exams, education in English, exposure to diversity, study abroad and to become an opinionated individual than conforming. To achieve that, the first step would be to get admitted to a school that promotes all the above, from liberal art studies in English to a flexible curriculum. I feel that FLA is the pioneer in its adoption in Japan, and it is my top choice since my sister had a great learning experience during her four years at the school.
There are different types of migration, some motivated by better living conditions, employment, racial or religious reasons, natural disasters, etc. And the reasons for migration are becoming increasingly diverse as a more significant portion of businesses facilitating our lives are transnational these days. For example, a remote island in Ireland is accepting immigrants from the Philippines to maintain the population and productivity on the island. It interests me to examine the social, economic, demographic, and cultural impacts of several migration trends over the history to truly understand and predict the future outcome as Japan recently opened up to foreign workers as well.
However, I firmly believe that progressive studies can often be west-centric, and I know we can potentially change that by voicing it to the world, which would contribute to better recognition of Asian heritage experts and activists. Each one of us students needs to be conscious of the authors of each textbook and cultural background behind research data points. For that reason, rather than joining a school in the West, I believe it is a better choice to do equivalent study as liberal arts in Japan where I can develop a sense of cultural objectivity, study my heritage and yet participate in a study abroad program to output what we have learned and absorb various approaches.
As the recent COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated, even though the world is intertwined, we still have a strong sense of national identity, and we cope with things very differently. There is a lot we can learn from each other, and we can only do that by investigating past events. That is why I came to think a combination of sociology and comparative economics is the most effective method to understand the world. I can’t express enough in words, but I am very thrilled to join the school to join other like-minded students. Thank you very much for reading.