I just finished my interview for the MA program at Kyoto University, the final section of the application which consisted of a written exam on the 3rd and a written application including a 20,000 word paper – with all of these parts done in Japanese. When I stop to think about it for a moment it really all feels a bit unbelievable that I am doing this in a language that 5 years ago I could never have imagined being sufficiently proficient in, and 10 years ago could never have imagined even studying in the first place.
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While thats true youve come a long way, shouldnt you wait for the results?
Results are on Friday. After that, either way I’ll post a writeup of the entire process. I think 3 parts: first applying for the Monbusho fellowship, then about being a “research student”, and finally about the MA application process.
Does “20,000 word paper . . . in Japanese” mean it was 20,000 characters long? The 原稿用紙 counter in me wants to know.
Best of luck on the results!
A truly amazing feat that you have done. I for one wish you good luck on the results.
I admire your ability and envy you for your will and capability to dig in and study a totally different culture.
Congratulations on getting it done! It is, as you say, an accomplishment in its own right. Having taught graduate students on the other side (and in the middle) of the Pacific, I can say that not all of them actually could do what you’ve done…. sometimes even after their graduate education!
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