1. Why did you choose this particular location to study abroad?
I have wanted to visit Japan since I was in the third grade. I did not know when I would have another opportunity to go so I decided to take the chance to do so.
2. What has been your favorite meal?
3. How does your major tie into your study abroad plans (internships, classes, languages, etc.)?
I am able to fulfill one of my statistics requirement for my math major.
4. What do you miss most about Susquehanna while you are away?
Oddly enough I really miss the availability of trashcans. There are almost no trashcans anywhere in public so people just have to bring all of their trash home with them.
5. What do you anticipate missing most about your study away location?
The conbini (convenience stores). The food at conbini is actually really good, and they even heat it up for you.
6. What is the most interesting custom you have witnessed while abroad?
People carry hand towels with them because there are usually no paper towels in bathrooms.
7. If you could describe your experience so far in one word, what would it be?
8. What was the most meaningful interaction you have had with a local?
There is a daycare on my route from my dorm to the train station. The very first time I walked past all the kids saw me and ran up to the fence to say “Hello.” It was so nice to see them be so enthusiastic to greet me.
9. Have you had the opportunity to explore your city? Where have you ventured, and why did you select those places?
I recently got the opportunity to take a guided bike ride around Tokyo and Yokohama. We saw the Nakasendo Trail, the bridge of tears, Yokohama Chinatown, and Tokyo Tower.
10. What is one thing you would tell students planning to study abroad in your location?
The train is going to be extremely crowded. You will most likely have to stand and be in very close quarters with strangers.