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(吉原 浩人 教授参考)
Talking about the modern political climate in Asia, China traditionally has looked to its neighbors in the East Asian region as the most important countries in its foreign policy domain. But it was not always strictly business, and we can’t deny our cultural ties to the now giant superpowers in the world. The spread of Buddhism from India through Tibet into traditional China and then outward to northeast and Southeast Asia, along with Confucianist thinking in Northeast Asia, also has provided a unifying foundation. When we visit the shrines in Japan, architecture and sculptures speak to us, that the influence of Chinese and Indian cultures were present.
Firstly, I would like to use a moment to express gratitude for the opportunity given, and in this short 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 targeting students who wish to receive education in English and learn about Japanese cultures in comparison to other cultures. In fact, I am hoping to focus on acquiring beyond-academic English skills and pursue courses in International Culture, Japanese History and Economic 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, 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 overseas as my potential academic paths.
Highschool textbooks only tell us, there was a frequent exchange of embassies and students between Japan, China and India, and sculptures from different eras represent different styles that were popular in China and India at that time. But there is so much more details we can learn through reading literature such as “今昔物語集” and it would be exciting for me to learn the lives of monks, history of cultural exchange, development of religions etc. Studying one thing may not promise a bright future, however, there are unlimited opportunities for our generation and appreciating our heritage is the first step. In order for me to attain high-level education and equip myself with what is needed to capture opportunities in the age of globalization, it is extremely important for me to study my roots on top of 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. END.