Student Newsletter -April 2015- By Stacy Hadiwidjaja, School of Engineering

こんにちは!Hello everyone, as April marks the start of the Japanese new year, spring holiday also ends and so starts the new fiscal semester. I’m Stacy from Indonesia, currently
a first year in Chemical and Biological Engineering. It has been almost 3 years since I have lived in Japan, moving in from Yokohama last year.

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I came to Nagoya to experience something new other than the bustling crowds of Tokyo, and it has been a great experience. G30 students come from all corners of the world, from different education systems and different perspectives with similar interests. It is very exciting when we start doing work together, how everyone’s perspectives are different despite the universal science.

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The work here in Nagoya U- or as we call it Meidai, is tough. So tough that whenever the weekend or holiday comes I feel happy, not because I can go out but because I would have
more time to do my homeworks and projects. That being said, it is worth it and more. We are just starting the second semester now, and we are all looking forward to our new classes. Last week we spent half an hour arguing about the artistry and history of photography, today I had my first biology lab where we spent 3 hours observing mutated
transparent worms; well as you can see the days here are always filled with something new.
We NU students work hard, and when it gets too hard, we are all there for each other. Whether it be a small reminder or someone to just rant to about the unending work, or someone to call 5 minutes before midnight when physics homework is due online, I am very glad to be surrounded by such crazy, weird, unbearably smart and hardworking people
that never cease to amaze me. That being said, we do go a little crazy during holidays.

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This spring I visited the Kansai region for a week, and basically went to every tourist spot in the book, and still had time to go around Nagoya afterwards. The golden temple of Kyoto?
Check. That temple on the back of the 10-yen coin? Check. Shopping in the streets of Nanba, Osaka? Check. Going to Nagoya Castle while its covered by Sakura petals in the
peak of spring? Check.

All in all, if I had to describe Nagoya U. in a word, it would be vigorous. It’s intense, but life here will never leave you bored (or lacking work), and that’s just how we like it.

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