A Townsend resident, Boayue is spending a month in Kobe, Japan through the University of Delaware’s study abroad program. The program, one of the first of its kind in the nation, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
Q What made you want to study abroad in Japan?
A I wanted to study abroad in Japan to improve my language skills. I started taking Japanese in my freshman year of college because I wanted to learn a language and I'd always been fascinated with Japanese culture. When I found out there was a study abroad program for students of the language, I worked hard to get up to the necessary level to qualify. I really would like to be able to graduate with a minor or a certificate in Japanese, and the study abroad program is required for that, so it was an easy decision.
Q What's your experience been like so far?
A So far, it’s been really exciting! We’re staying in Kobe, but we’ve been to Sanomiya and Osaka, too. My dorm room is really small, but I have my own bathroom and a balcony so I think it’s a fair trade. We’ve all gotten to meet our language partners from Shoin University, and mine is a really sweet girl by the name of Kanako Kishi. It’s only been three days, but we have big plans for what to do later on.
Q Do you have any goals or must-visit sites you’d like to take in during your stay?
A Yes, I’d really like to visit Tokyo, Himeji, and a host of other places during this trip. One of the classes I’m taking is a culture class where we are to go on excursions and take it all in, so I can expect to visit most of the major cities in the Kansai region. Our textbook is a guidebook that shows us what there is to see in the area. I think for my first trip I’d like to tour the Suntory factory, which is a soft drink company.
Q What are your career aspirations and how do you think this trip will impact your future outlook?
A Well, to be honest, my future career plans probably have nothing to do with Japan. I’m on track to be a vet or in some other animal-related field, and while I love animals no matter where they’re from, I probably wouldn’t be able to practice in Japan. That being said, I still think this trip will be a positive thing for any vet school or future employer to see. It shows that I’m willing to work hard to meet a goal (Japanese is not an easy language to learn) and that I can adapt to change.