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Students' Opinions

Current Students say:

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 --