On Tuesday night, the three Rakuno Gakuen University exchange students joined forces with three Findlay exchange students, myself included, to participate in the Japanese Athletic Day. We had to work as a team to throw colored paper balls upwards into a bucket, run a three-legged race, jump rope as a team and run a relay with a ball. We lost the very first game––throwing colored paper into a bucket, but we won the second time! We realized that tightly-wadded balls of paper were easier to get into the bucket. Maria (another Findlay student participating in the exchange program) and I were paired for the three-legged race. You never realize how oddly you walk until you try to walk in unison with someone else. Let’s just say I’m not the straightest walker and leave it at that! Although it was Megan’s (the third exchange … Read More »
I recently described my internship as “not so much a push outside of my comfort zone but more of a drop kick off a cliff” and I don’t think I could have come up with a moreÂ accurateÂ statement. Â (By the way the reply was, “The internship is doing what an internship should do!”) Â I am equal parts scared, excited and overwhelmed every single day. Â Being a naturally quiet person, everyday is a new lesson. Â I’m learning how to be outgoing, how to introduce myself, and how to be present in a conversation.
The other day I learned about teamwork as I watched the cadets race cadre (instructors) in building a one-rope bridge to cross the river. Â The team had to work together to tie the proper knots, support each other as they made their way across, all the way to the … Read More »