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(河野 貴美子 教授参考)
To whom it may concern, I would like to thank you for your time and the opportunity given, and in this letter I will do my best to explain my motivation in applying for JCulP at Waseda University. I understand this is an extremely unique program offered by a prestigious school and I am hoping to focus on acquiring beyond-academic English skills and pursue courses in International Culture, Japanese History and Language studies throughout my academic years. I would be more than grateful if you could kindly give it a read and allow me to proceed. During the in-person interview, I would be delighted to expand more on my area of studies, previously participated activities, personal background and what I wish to achieve with the curriculum including study abroad program.
I took part in a study abroad program this past summer in my 2nd year in high school, there my biggest findings were 1) Education programs and mandatory curriculum are very unique to each country and some countries only study very brief history about Japan 2) Whether it’s something we read on the internet, the news or textbook, a lot of the content has been translated and original interpretation may differ, due to above reasons, being able to understand in English without bias and taking control of what I study would have huge impact on my academic intelligence. In addition, as a responsible citizen to represent this country in the future, I wish to study about my own heritage so that I can possibly teach someone who doesn’t know much about Japan. The best way to learn what the future has in store for us is to look to the past. I strongly believe that discussion and presentation based classes promote active thinking and would really help with building academic skills, even real life skills. Therefore, I am only considering JCulP or attending a school in the states as my right academic paths within my knowledge.
Countries such as China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam used to use what we call “kanji” chinese characters in the past, but whenever my foreigner friends ask about how Japanese language abandoned the Chinese language, I can never answer fully. I believe Chinese language spread as Confucianism spread to different part of the world mostly in Asia, which is the way of life propagated by Confucius in the 6th–5th century BCE and followed by many for more than two millennia. After Confucius’s death, 8 different schools of thought were formed by different leaders that created today’s sects: Mencius, Xunzi, Dong Zhongshu, Ming, Korean, Song, Qing, and Modern. And just like schools with slightly different ideology were founded, it was interpreted differently taking into local culture into account outside the country as well.
I feel encouraged to learn about its history especially how it impacted the ancient and modern Japan, creating a foundation of our political and social beliefs. It would be a mission for me to fully understand the cultural development surrounding Japan and voice it to the world in the near future. Studying one thing doesn’t promise a bright future, however, in order for me to attain high-level education and equip myself with what is needed to unlock opportunities 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 intensive studies is offered. Thank you very much for taking the time to read and I am already excited to join such a great school next year.