In light of MSU’s International Education Week, I will try and post a few times on this blog to help show you an international student’s current point of view from Japan!
Recently my school held a school wide barbecue! That means faculty and students worked side by side to cook food, play games, and have a good time. It was a lot of fun.
We started off by meeting really early in the morning on a Friday, something many students may not have wanted to do, but it was so worth it. We all took the train to a park and BBQ’d at their specific area dedicated to cooking. Earlier in the week we had to work as a class (none of whom have English as their first language) and buy ingredients. It was a challenge, but fun! I really got to know the personalities of my classmates. I think that was part of the exercise too. It was my job to marinate the chicken for the American food portion of the menu, and bring tableware.
We burned some chicken, dropped some food on the ground, and maybe started a few fires, but it was fun!
At the end of the day, we all turned into children and played in the park. I was exhausted when I got home, but it was worth it and I slept really well! I hope you guys enjoy the photo and videos. It was a really good bonding experience with my classmates, and staff. The teachers were all very energetic and spoke to us in Japanese. It is really good practice, and helps you form a bond with your teachers that translates well into the classroom dynamic! I helped grill the chicken, but we found out one of the members of our group helps her family cook. She was more than willing to step in and it was awesome to collaborate!
If you decide to come to KCP, you will definitely feel right at home! We all contributed food items from our own countries and participated in a cooking contest. Our class didn’t win, but we had lots of fun working together and participating in some games. I really encourage everyone to step outside of their comfort zone, you never know what you’ll experience! Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions about attending KCP feel free to swing by your advisors office or the Study Away offices. They are really helpful, and they are part of the reason why I am in Japan today!