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Students' Opinions

Current Students say:

Learning Japanese at Baylor has given me quite a lot of confidence because I consider myself "good" at the subject and I think that has extended to my other classes as well. -- Karen Alba, Nursing, Class of 2018 --

Learning Japanese has reminded me how fulfilling it can be to put work into something that seems tough. I've gone through too many classes full of busy work just to try and get an A. It's refreshing to actually feel like I'm progressing in something for once. -- Jacob Dyer, Business, Class of 2018 --

I chose Japanese as my language freshman year largely on a whim. Since then I have spent a year abroad at Hosei University in Tokyo, become treasurer of Japanese Student Association and Japanese National Honor Society, and earned my minor in Japanese. To say the least, Japanese-related activities have become the center of my life at Baylor, and as I am writing this, I realize I have more hours in Japanese than my major, Economics. So why do I enjoy it so much? First and foremost, the teachers are excellent. Fujii Sensei drew me in, and convinced me to study abroad my sophomore year. Studying abroad, an experience I believe every college student should have, has been the highlight of my time at Baylor - it is an adventure and learning experience rolled into one fun-packed year. And, what is to come of all this time I have spent on Japanese? My future job is not directly linked to Japanese as a language, but the skills I learned though the program are; studying abroad gave me greater cultural understanding and independence, JSA and JNHS gave me leadership experience, and the classes are where I met great friends. So even for those not wishing to become a translator or do some Japanese-language job, Japanese is still for you! --Scott Sykes, Class of 2014 --

Since I have family in Japan with whom I want to communicate, I studied Japanese at Baylor. After only spending some time in the program, I was amazed to find that I could not only interact better with my family and friends abroad, but that I had also gained a family here. The teachers and students in the Japanese program are dedicated, fun, and loving. I greatly enjoyed my time in the program and the opportunities it gave me to experience the Japanese culture both here and abroad. --Mie Millard, Class of 2014 --

Just had my last official Japanese class at Baylor (apart from finals). It feels like just yesterday that I was sitting down in Morrison Hall for the first time, without knowing anyone at all and speaking only a tiny bit of Japanese. Though there is still a lot left for me to learn (and I mean a lot!), Japanese at Baylor has given me a solid foundation in the language and culture, as well as the opportunity to meet some of the best friends I've ever had. I won't call this an end though, but the springboard for new experiences. Thanks so much to everyone who was a part of this! -- Ryan Smith, Class of 2014 --

Deciding to take Japanese at Baylor has honestly been one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only has it exposed me to a fascinating new culture and language, but the friends I've made in class, in the Japanese Student Association, and during the Baylor in Japan Study Abroad program, will last a lifetime. Both of the senseis (professors) are wonderfully devoted and genuinely interested in your learning; you really can't go wrong with choosing Japanese. -- Russell Donevant, Junior, Neuroscience major and Japanese minor --

When I first entered the Japanese program at Baylor, I was hoping to complete the required credits and move on with my degree. Now that I have completed two years of Japanese and have been a part of Baylor in Japan, I have fallen in love with the language and culture. I even hope to one day find a career that utilizes my Japanese language knowlerdge. I definitely recommend studying Japanese to anyone interested. -- Brett Ritter, Senior, Mechanical Engineering major, Math minor, and Japanese minor --