Having lived in Luxembourg all my life, I grew up in a country where you see mainly dressage riders and jumping. However, I picked a different route – western riding. I made the huge decision to move across the Atlantic Ocean in order to pursue a dual major in Western Equestrian Studies and Equine Business & Management. Join me as I learn what it really means to be a freshman western equestrian at UF!
So far on our journey, we have encountered so many kind people and even made some great new friends. The professors at the University of Fukui have been so helpful. Dylan basically takes us everywhere we need/want to go whenever he is available. It is really nice to have him around to help us read things and interpret what people around us are saying. A couple of the other professors have gone to the schools with us a few times, as well as to lunch. It is really helpful to have someone around that speaks English whenever possible. I am not sure what I would do without their support.
Along with the professors, we have also made many friends within the English Education Department. A few times we have observed and even taught a bit in Dylan’s English classes. Through that … Read More »
You may find yourself wondering why we traveled to Japan. To put it simply, Kat and I wholeheartedly believe traveling and immersing yourself in another culture is one of the best ways to learn. Japan’s system of education is much different than the United States. As future educators, the chance to learn about an education system different than our own is a wonderful learning experience. When the opportunity to teach English language learners across the world presented itself, we couldn’t say no!
In addition to learning about Japan’s education system and gaining experience teaching English language learners, we also wanted to provide Japanese students the opportunity to learn English from a native speaker. Building relationships with students, professionals, and prospective teachers while we work within schools and during our homestays on the weekends is what we are looking forward to the … Read More »
The first three days of our trip were spent traveling Osaka, a great place for sightseeing here in Japan. We were able to see the amazing Osaka Castle. The five-tiered, forty meter high castle has been turned into a museum with many historical facts about Japan. Each floor contains artifacts from different time periods and events throughout history. On the top floor, there’s a balcony with an amazing view over the city! There are 40,000 rocks in the wall that surrounds the castle. Legend has it that powerful daimyo (feudal lords) from all parts of Japan competed in carrying the large rocks to display their loyalty to the Toyotomi leadership. The existing castle tower was built in 1931, and is the symbol of Osaka. I thought that this was the best place in Japan, until the next day of course. … Read More »
A few days ago, we were scheduled to leave for Japan with Dr. Alison Baer and her husband Paul. If you saw two girls running across campus with two huge suitcases and book bags on their backs, through the pouring rain, that was us. I’d love to say our seven hour flight to Paris and 11.5 hour flight to Osaka was a glorious time of relaxation, watching movies and fine wine. (Although we did order wine on the plane, and enjoyed macarons from Paris. Both seemed completely necessary to save our sanity.) There were screaming children and our feet were so swollen we had to unlace our shoes.
With as little as five hours of sleep, a question of what day and time it was, and even larger feet, we hit the ground running upon our arrival in Osaka. It’s … Read More »
Hello, Kat Slate and Julia Smith here! We are education majors setting out to teach children, not only here, but all over the world.
We recently graduated, although we still have to complete student teaching. Luckily, with the help of the University of Findlay, we have the opportunity to travel the world while doing what we love.
Soon, we will be taking off to travel Japan for three weeks! The first three days will be spent in Osaka, where we will do a bit of touring and getting to know the country. Monday morning, we will take a train to Fukui where the rest of our journey will take place. We will be visiting several schools and teaching many lessons with various age groups while we are there. On the weekends, we’ll be staying with the University of Fukui English Education students … Read More »