Japanese stage debut

I’ve never been one for over-dramatisation…

(an extract from a mini-drama staged in our Japanese speaking class today. Sorry about the poor camerawork. That’s the problem when one is on the wrong side of the camera – unless one has a psychic link with the camera and tripod it’s difficult to get it to zoom in etc.)

Final assignment received

Things are happening.

We were given our final assignment today. A translation piece. Thus, all I have to do now is that story (by the end of May), finish my dissertation (by mid-May), perform a drama (Thursday), take an exam (4th June).

I feel pretty motivated and will work hard to get these done as soon as possible.

I emailed the embassy this morning enquiring about my application. They tell me that notification was sent two weeks ago, to my home address and to my flat here in Sheffield. Hmm, that’s strange. I wonder what the reason for that happening is…

Anyway, this means that I should get a second notification tomorrow.

It’s funny, I’ve long thought that things happen for a reason …but reading Murakami novels does make you see huge life-changing consequences lurking beneath every little thing that happens!

Results Day

Just remembered, it’s results day!

So, overall I got 67%. Add that to my previous results and I’m on 68%, so I think it’s fairly safe to say that I’m heading for a high 2:1, as in order to get a first (70%) I’d have to be get something in the mid-70s this semester, and whilst I am prepared to work very hard on my studies, I am not prepared to make the sacrifices that would be necessary to get such a result. The benefits of those things I would have to give up would be sorely missed.

Well done me. And well done course-mates too! We made it through our penultimate semester with no casualties!

Another reason to study Japanese at the School of East Asian Studies

No, Sheffield University’s School of East Asian Studies isn’t paying my bandwidth bill, nor are my examiners reading the Daily Mumble (that wig and false nose suit you pretty well actually).

However, the department has played a huge part in giving me the best possible uni experience ever – an experience which will shortly be coming to an end. Thus, it’s only right that I try and give a little back, by encouraging anyone thinking of studying Japanese in the UK to choose Sheffield.

It’s not just me that thinks it’s great by the way. Check out this table, taken from the new UCAS web site www.unistats.co.uk. It details overall satisfaction levels in Asian Studies departments at UK universities.

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