Emily – Japan | USA
Class of 2018
Why did you choose to attend a boarding school?
I was eager for an experience where I had to take a lot more responsibility for myself and my life. I thought a boarding school would give me this chance because I would have to do household chores myself, figure out my schedule and take care of my health as well. These skills would be extremely useful after high school, through college and beyond.
Why did you choose to attend UWC ISAK Japan?
I wanted to be in a place where there are people with diverse backgrounds, and where diversity could be used as a strength not a limitation. Going to a school with students from around the world was a dream I had ever since I was a young child.
How has UWC ISAK Japan impacted your life?
One of the most important ways it has impacted me was to learn more about myself and my own country. Having many students with different backgrounds around me, I get new perspectives on my own country, which also helps me understand other countries with a different perspective too. There are many challenges and situations here that force me to reflect on my own actions and inner feelings. This has helped me grow as a human being.
How has your decision to attend boarding school affected your relationship with your parents?
I personally think attending a boarding school helped me create an even better and stronger relationship with my parents. Being away from them, I realize how much support they had given me every day, how much I miss them, and how much they care for me even if I am not at home. I think we talk more now that we are far away, and I feel like I spend quality time with them whenever I go home.
What is your favorite part of daily life at UWC ISAK Japan?
My favorite part is the time I spend talking with my friends during my daily life. Between classes, in our rooms, at meals, or during free time, talking with friends is actually another important educational aspect of UWC ISAK Japan. While we do talk about our favorite idols and fashion models sometimes, we also have many meaningful conversations, such as talking about our backgrounds or future dreams. Those talks are life changing.
What have you learned about yourself by being part of the UWC ISAK Japan community?
I think the main things I have learned about myself are my own strengths and limitations. I know what I am good at doing and I know what I struggle with. Thus, I can encourage myself to use my strengths more often, and to practice fixing my limitations.