早稲田大学 国際教養学部 AO入試 志望理由書 提出例 ( 三神 弘子教授参考)
Dear Admission Office,
First of all I would like to thank for the opportunity, and in this letter please allow me to explain my interest in applying for School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University, hoping to pursue a major in International Communications and Irish Cultural 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 and what I can achieve upon joining the school.
Ireland is a country of wonders – Halloween, Beer, Catholics and many more. The Irish consume in average 131.1 liters of beer per year – the 2nd highest per-capita consumption after the Czech Republic. The three most famous symbols of Ireland are the green Shamrock, the harp, and the Celtic cross. Halloween traces back its origins to the Gaelic festival of Samhain, a harvest festival held on 31 October to mark the end of summer. Samhain became associated with All Saints from the early Middle Ages and the two progressively merged over the centuries, creating Halloween. From religious perspective, 88% of Irish citizens are nominally Roman Catholic which has one of the highest rates of church attendance in the Western World. That may give a bit of backwards impression, however, many American hi-tech companies have been investing massively in Ireland these years that 25% of Europe’s computers are now made in Ireland. In fact, the European or equivalent regional headquarters and/or customer service operations of Google, Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Dell, Intel, Motorola, Oracle, Lotus, and Boeing Computer Services are all located in Ireland. Here, the term “Irish Studies” stands out in education field which facilitates the tech boom happening in the country.
Irish Studies, which has received spotlight, is an interdisciplinary programme that examines the variety and diversity of Irish history, society, cultural practice and the complex processes through which Ireland and Irish identities have been constructed. What makes it so unique, it uses the country as a compact case study and that it asks a series of provocative and stimulating questions about ideas of Ireland and Irishness, such as how can we understand the ways in which place, history, culture and society have shaped Ireland’s past and present? How meaningful is national identity in an age of globalisation? How do processes of emigration and immigration, as well as conflicts and religious integration impact on Irish culture, society and identity? By exploring these thought-provoking subjects such as Literature, Film, Archaeology, History, Sociology, and Art History, students are given the opportunity to examine the variety of cultural heritages and traditions, the complex processes of historical and social change and the ways in which environment, landscape and people have interacted over the centuries which help build the foundation of comparative cultural thinking in globalisation age. And this is partly what attracts the high tech companies into the land of Saint Mary.
Nowadays, studying one thing won’t promise a bright future, but being able to truly establish a communication in this globalization era is a tangible gift. There, I feel passionate about gaining broad knowledge in Communication and comparative Cultural Studies from diverse perspectives. 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, and locate professional opportunity, it is extremely important for me to study various international studies among like-minded students at Waseda where liberal studies is offered. Thank you very much for reading and I am very much looking forward to hearing good news.