早稲田大学 国際教養学部 AO入試 志望理由書 提出例(上杉 勇司 教授参考)
Dear 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 International Culture, War and Peace 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.
History of war is remembered differently in different parts of the world. But for sure over time, as the number of first-hand witnesses of war die out on the one hand and the external threats to not only Japanese security but world’s security increase, a shift away from staunch pacifism may be inevitable. The fact that Prime Minister Abe has stepped up efforts to amend the constitution once again in recent years is certainly a reflection of those changing realities. At the same time, we have to remind ourselves that without Japan stepping up efforts to educate and reflect on its aggressions across Asia, Tokyo risks the danger of only adding to regional instability, rather than securing continued peace.
In Hiroshima, for instance, the municipal government continues to build on its tradition of preparing “peace studies notebooks” at the elementary, middle, and high school levels which all students are required to study each year as well as an opportunity to identify personally with the victims of the nuclear bomb and focus on developing empathy for those who perished and those who still suffer from the trauma of war. No U.S. funding has been offered to compensate for the victims. What about people who suffered the horrible events of war in other regions, not limited to World Wars but also genocide and so on? Ideally, in the high school curriculum of peace studies all over the world, for example, the textbook should delve into assessing the latest efforts to denuclearize North Korea, measures taken to support World War Victims, recent development around Japan-Korea relationship, and the role of international consensus in ensuring non-proliferation.
A number of wars, genocide and conflicts happened because of complex political and social factors, in a fast changing world, how do we ensure there won’t be another war? Re-thinking history of peace preservation really could provide answers to all the critical issues we are encountering these days in Asia, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. I feel the strong need to study War and Peace on top of Social Science, Biology and International Politics 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.