What do you answer when someone ask you, "who are you?"
When I was in Japan, I've never answered, "I'm Japanese" because all people around me were Japanese! haha
Now, I often say "I'm Japanese" or "I'm an M.Ed. student in HRD" to introduce myself.
Being an international student changed my answer.
But I realized that some characteristics of mine haven't changed, and these may be fundamental elements that consist of Kyoko Yamada.
I spend much time for volunteer. It will never change regardless of where I live.
Here are some volunteer activities on and off campus that I participate in.
1. American Red Cross
Do you remember severe earthquakes occurred in Haiti and Chile early this year?
I knew that there were numerous people who were suffering from disasters or wars even when I was in Japan.
However, I might have thought it was happening somewhere in the world.
But when the earthquakes occurred, I got a different feeling from before because I had friends from the countries.
I wanted to do something for people who lived there, and then it became a trigger that I joined American Red Cross.
2. On Campus Groups
There are many student groups that volunteer regularly or occasionally. Japan Student Association (JSA) sold handmade Origami products for fund raising and sent the money to Haiti.
Because U of M has huge population of international students, being an international student at U will make your world smaller and will motivate you to contribute to other countries as well to your country.
3. Volunteer for Classes
This picture was taken when I helped an event organized a Japanese culture and literature class.
I volunteer as much as possible when teachers or students in Japanese class need help.
It's my pleasure to help people especially who are interested in my country. Also, it brings me many friends!
4. Rainbow Letters
Lastly, I founded a small volunteer group that bridges U of M and a national hospital in Japan. Refer our page in Facebook for more information.
If you are interested in volunteer around the campus, you can find lots opportunities at Community Service-Learning Center.
You are an international student at U.
What aspect of you will be different from you living in your country?
What aspect of you won't be changed?
It would be up to you... :]
Feel free to ask me questions regarding more volunteer experiences.
Have a good day! and everyday!