College is busy. True or false? DEFINITELY true (at least on my part it is)

So! Yes, I do realize that I haven’t posted in a month. But during that one month of being gone, I have semi-settled into my room(even though it’s been like three weeks after moving in), safely registered for my classes, BEGAN class, finished the Bakayama initiation, made friends, joined smooth steppers, thought about joining more clubs (probably won’t xD), and much much much MUCH more. In this post, I want to write about some of the classes I have, a bit about my dorm, and a tiny bit about Smooth Steppers.
So let’s begin this post with my class schedule. I am currently taking the recommended amount (they also said it was the average) of 13 1/3 credits. Why 1/3? I’ll get to that later. So my week looks pretty much like this….

Yes, I MIRACULOUSLY have NO classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays!! Although my Mondays are a killer, the number of classes I have decrease as the week goes by, so I’m very satisfied with my classes.
My period 1 class is College Composition, which is a class that teaches you how to write and get the best out of college. If you already know how to write or have taken a “how to study in college” kind of course, you may or may not want to take it. I have a friend who has taken a similar course, and he said that it’s kind of a waste of time. However, I’m really enjoying this course (except for the fact that it’s a period 1 course…) and I’m getting a lot out of my teacher (Michael Kleindl). Currently, we’re learning how to critically analyze papers and I think we’re going into an argumentation unit soon.
Next is my oh so horrendous (but I’ve got to admit, probably will be useful in my future) JLP (Japanese Language Program) class. No September student can escape from this class if you’re not a OYR (One year Regular) student (actually I’m not sure how that works) OR if you’re told that you’re exempt from taking it after taking the placement exam. There’s three(?) general groupings in JLP – Group 1: people who’s NEVER studied Japanese before, Group 2: people who’s studied some Japanese, but Japanese isn’t their first language, and Group 3: people who knows how to write and speak in Japanese but maybe doesn’t know how to read, or something along those lines. Then from there, there are more specific groupings like Special Japanese A, which is the class I ended up being in. First of all, Special Japanese A does NOT mean that I’m in the best of the Special Japanese classes, because that would be the Special Japanese C guys. So that means I’m on the bottom of the Special Japanese classes. Basically, we have two textbooks and teachers, one for learning to write Kanji and the other for learning how to read. We pretty much have quizzes everyday, and depending on the day of the week, it varies from the reading quiz and the writing quiz. The kanji on the reading quizzes are based off of newspaper articles our teacher gives us, and she chooses 20 Kanjis from the article for us to be quizzed on. We simply need to know how to read it, so next to the Kanji, we just have to write how to read it in Hiragana. The writing quiz on the other hand… we get our words from the “textbook” which looks more like a flappy notebook. Before class, we have to write down 60 kanjis (and the sentence that goes with it…) and we are quizzed on 20 from that set. So JLP is hell for all the September students. (April students have ELP btw, which is the English version of hell :D)
Pd 3. I’ll keep it short. I have the Linguistics class from Moriya sensei. She’s a really interesting tiny lady that likes to move around a lot during her lectures. But aside from that, she’s REALLY interesting to listen to, and I’m really enjoying her class (along with my friend who feels the same way). We are currently studying how the English language developed, like how they borrowed words from other countries such as pizza, zero, etc. So if you want to go into linguistics or Language Ed, I highly recommend this class.
Now I’ll explain the “1/3” credit thing. At ICU, they require us to take 2 credits of exercise PE courses and lecture courses each. So by making the exercise courses worth 1/3 credit, it allows us to explore different kinds of sports and what not. In simple terms, we have to take 2 years of exercise credits (since we can’t take more than one per semester) and take 2 classes of lecture, which are Health Education and Sports Science.
Gosh this is getting long. I wanted to finish this in like, 15 minutes and go to sleep… but whatever. My fault. But I’m on my last class called Society and Culture. This is probably the hardest class to stay awake in, since it’s a “gorochi” (literally means five six seven put together) class. However, last class (I’ve only had this class twice so far) we had a group discussion about why the Japanese culture today is how it is now. We got into a fairly deep discussion, mentioning things like, the acquisition of Japanese culture develops from the family, and in order to be a “real” Japanese, you must grow up from a Japanese family, and etc etc.
So that was a “quick” overview of my classes right nowwwwwww….

So next I said I’d write about my dorm… hmm it’s fun! I’m in the Keyaki “jail”, but I’m really enjoying this dorm (maybe because I don’t drink or go out clubbing and what not… ^^;). As you might know, there was a strict curfew that locked students out of the dorm if they were one minute late after the 11:00 curfew. Now, there still is a curfew, but it is now at 11:30, and you can still come in even after it passed (but you shouldn’t since you’d be troubling the dorm manager) (they’re really nice people!!). You just can’t go out after 11:30, which I think is pretty fair. As long as you fill out a form saying where you’ll be staying and what not, you can always go out to a friend’s house to sleepover and whatever. I heard of some people that go all night karaoke too (craaaazy people xD)

So I’ll leave it at that for the dorm for now… And I’ll move on to clubs! I joined one club for now called the Smooth Steppers. It’s a really popular dance club, and they didn’t even have like ads to draw new students in. They automatically had people coming in, and that’s just how popular they are. Their performances are always amazing, and of course, in order to be amazing, they practice a ****ton. For now, I have practices coming up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, but once the ICU Festival comes closer, I’m sure there’ll be more practices. There’s several genres within the club which include…. Hip hop, Break dance, Contemporary, Girls, Lockin’, Popping, Punkin’, and I think that’s it. If you search those up on youtube, or search smooth steppers icu, I’m sure you can grasp the idea of what it is. I’m also going to join Soran Bushi, or Soul Run, and since those practices are during lunch, I’m pretty sure practices won’t clash (thank god) ^^. But advice to you all, don’t take too much… FOCUS ON SCHOOL!! I better tell myself that too…

So (I use so way too much…) I’ll end today’s post here for now… this took like 40 minutes instead of the 15 minutes I was originally planning… but whatevers, I missed an entire month so I suppose it’s fair. Oh, the weather is finally starting to feel like Autumn! Couple days ago, I was going out in a t-shirt, shorts, etc., but like, after a day (not even kidding), it got INSANELY cold at once, and I would go out in a long sleeve shirt, jacket, skinny jeans, shoes, scarf, etc. Well, it’s probably because I’m not good with the cold, but yeah. Weather change is FAST. Ok~ I’m done!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for reading my insanely long post…. 1366 words. CRAZY.

BYEEEEE

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Week and a half!

I felt like I’ve been too MIA here on my blog… Well, I didn’t really have anything to write about since school STILL didn’t start, but just a quick post…
WEEK AND A HALF TILL SCHOOL STARTS! I am so bored to the point where I am insanely excited for school to start and to enter the dorms. Especially after finding this video about someone’s dorm in the Ginkgo House (Zelkova, Oak, and Ginkgo all have a similar (or the same I think) layout). I will insert video… heerreee↓

So the other day, I FINALLY met up with a friend! Believe it or not, he was the first friend I met up with in Japan. He’s my really good friend from Japan who also used to live in Hawaii. However, he left Hawaii in.. our Sophmore year, so I rarely get to see him. I was really really happy to see him(finally lol) and we got to explore the mountains in Kobe, and got to see phones at Yodobashi Camera!
So after that visit, I think I finaaaallly decided on a phone to get! So after a loooooooong discussion with my dad, and I think I’m fairly set on docomo’s Sony Xperia acro. I swear, seeeexxy phone<3

So that wasn't the best video to watch, but at least it was in English? haha. So I heard from MANY people that docomo has probably by far, the best reception and good phones. Also, my dad said that I should get it because their sim cards can be unlocked or something of the sort. I didn't really understand what that's good for, but something about using it overseas…………? I trust my dad. haha. I really wanted to get Softbank, but only because I LOVE the Otousan character… my god, ❤
So one last video before I crash.. I'm in love with this song…………I'm even listening to it now x) listen…down below↓

Okay~ I hope you liked all those videos I posted, and see you next time!

Japanese test officials (and test takers) should chill.

Yep. Japanese test officials are SCARY as hell. No joke…
So here in Japan, I have no way of proving to people that I am me. No photo identification what so ever. Passport? Nope. Apparently it can’t be used after I changed my residency over to here. Yeah I don’t really understand. Driver’s license? Nope. Hawaii =/ Japan. Health insurance? Nope. It’s in Hawaii with my parents. Gakusei shoumeisho (School ID)? Of course not. It’s not like I can use my Hawaii high school ID that’s taped horizontally through the center to keep it from falling apart. (It broke when I sat down… it was in my front pocket…)
So yeah. My dad came to the conclusion that I should go get a moped license so I can have a picture ID. Without an ID, I can’t go get my own phone, open bank accounts, make a new passport, and I can’t even make a library card!! Not cool. But for some reason, I can use my Hawaii driver’s license as an ID to go get my moped license. ?_? weird, but whaattevers.
So last week(?), I went to go take the test, and golly.(Haha golly.) The atmosphere was intense. In this large room, everyone was sitting on their specific tables with their number on it, the test room is quiet, everyone’s studying till right before the test starts, and my goodness it’s the complete opposite from Hawaii. In Hawaii, the police station itself is tiny (the one I went to in Japan was like, 3 stories tall), and the testing “room” is just a sectioned off area with several desks. We didn’t have a time limit, and the test was given to us in a regular folder. But not in Japan! We had a 30 minute time limit with officials watching us, and each page of the test was in separate clear plastic cases. Major culture shock moment… x__x So I got my results back like, 10 minutes later on the (as seen in dramas and animes) this electronic score board, and if your number is on there, it means you passed. Unfortunately, I missed the passing score by one… (You could only miss 3 questions!!! @__@) So yeah… Not looking forward to the next time I have to go in to take the test… x__x

Going back to my last days in Hawaii…

So as I said before in my last post, I’m going to write about some of the things I did during my last few days in Hawaii. Hmm… I’ll write about robotics, beach, and the last day with my two good friends.
Robotics. I devoted most of my after school hours to our robotics club since my Freshman year. Yes, I’m talking about the very girl who had NO interested in robots, electricity, science, what so ever in Elementary learned to love robotics (even though I can barely do crap except for driving the robot…). And every summer, our robotics club hosts a summer robotics camp. So instead of going back to Japan(HOLY CRAP DEJAVU MOMENT…anyways…) early with my mom and brother, I stayed behind for a little while longer so I can help with the camp. There’s 48 elementary kids in the morning (8:00-12:00) and 24 intermediate kids in the afternoon (1:00-5:00). CRAAAAZY. The morning class is divided into two groups, and each go to a different classroom and learn about a specific robotics program, then at around 10, they switch sides. I helped the NXT (legos) side, and my younger kids were nice, calm, and quiet, while my older kids were loud, obnoxious, and crazy. The older group also had a slightly autistic boy, so making him work with the other boy was tiring… x_x The afternoon group were able to work on their own, so I was able to relax 😀 In the end I became the camera woman for my friend who was making the end of the week slideshow. I think it came out pretty good, although I kept criticizing him that it was too short in the beginning x) I could go on and on about my tiring experience, but I’ll stop here.
BEACH! I love the beach. I’d love it more if salt didn’t make my body and hair all sticky. Gross. So we drove for about..err… hour half? And we got to this nice sandy beach. After some minutes of sun screening, we went right into the water. Mm not much to write about the beach really. After we swam we made a castle and my friend was “sabotaging” it by throwing sand on where I dug but ended up helping us x) Well, until the tunnel he made collapsed hahah. After that they buried me in a hole… I thought my lungs were going to collapse -_-; I hopped into my friend’s parent’s car on the ride home and we took a stop at a Orange Julius. I was a fatty and bought a smoothie and a banana cream pie blizzard :3 It was sooo worth it 😀 what else… I laughed at my friend’s sleeping face with my other friend x) He sleeps with his mouth wide open and his arm kept on twitching haha! Then I fell asleep… and my friend took a picture of me with my other friend who was sleeping already… we both had our mouths open ^^;
And then my last day. I had two of my friends over and one of my friends all of a sudden said that he wanted to make Macachos. For those who don’t know what they are, it’s from DailyGrace’s video right here My goodness he got me hooked x) she’s so funny. But yeah. We went shopping for Macachos ingredients and cooked it in my kitchen. So I left my dad with a pan of macachos… sorry dad.. hope you liked them. 😛 Then my dad sent me a text message that said “you wanna go out to eat?” in Japanese. The way he wrote it can be taken two ways – 1. Do you want to go out to eat with your friends? and 2. Do you want to go out for dinner with me. Anndddd…. I thought he meant with my friends since I was just talking about dinner with them… sigh…. sorry dad. So we went to the mall because we didn’t know what to do, and then we were just on our way to dinner… Until my dad called and asked what I wanted to do. and I was incredibly confused… siigh. So in the end, he told me that I should go out with my friends and don’t worry about him.. Ahhhhhhhh the guilt. I’ll definitely go out with him next time… maybe I can treat him. If I work… I should go get a job. So yeah, we went out and ate, and then went to walmart so I could buy Hawaiian stuff to take with me to Japan x) Yes, this is where they bought the crossword and the other omiages… haha yeah, right in front of me x) I didn’t mind though hahaha. Oh! Matchan if you’re reading this right now, I wore the shirt today! ❤ It was comfy :3
So yeah, that concludes my last three days in Hawaii… next time I'll probably post about… yeah I lie I don't know. So stay tuned and click the woop woop button on the right column to follow my weird adventures~ Dailytoli is gonna take you on a weird adventureeee *dinggg* *Grace face* …Byeeeeee

Ahhhhh Japan~

First thing’s first. IT’S BLEEPIN HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTT. x_____X it’s 8 in the morning, and I’m just sitting here typing away and I’m sweating away…. KILLLLL MEH.
I left Hawaii on July 12, and some of my friends came to see me off. I tried the Hawaiian crossword one of my friends got me… it’s barely Hawaiian, and it’s freakin haaaaard. Well, I’ve never been too great at crosswords… But I thought since it’s “Hawaiian”, it’ll be doable. Apparently not. I also got to see my friend from Oahu, and we got to talk for a good 30 minutes or so ^^. Then on the JAL flight, the lady next to me slept most of the way here except for during meals. I wish she slept through lunch… She spilled her tea on my left foot, so my sock was soaked. Good thing I was just wearing crocs though. So when I got to my grandparent’s house, my cousin asked why I only had one sock on x)
Ok, so this is my 3rd day in Japan, and I already did so much. The first day, my mom dragged me to the…office of residency? But yeah, I got my residency switched over from America to Japan… Now if I want to go back… I have to go as a visitor that can only stay for 30 days at a time… D: Then I went to a local festival and pigged out x)
Second day, I watched HARRY POTTER<3 I have been a Harry Potter fan since elementary, and I was so bummed when my dad told me that I'm leaving Hawaii on the 12th, when I could've gone to see the midnight premier with my friends on the 15th. But since I saw it here, I got to watch it before any of my friends, even the one who's visiting California right now x) boooyahhh winnerrrr x)
Third day. In a little while, I'm off to see the Pokemon movie, both black and white. …pokenerd for life… x) I hope I don't see any of my friends here… just a tad embarrassing x) But oh well. Oh, and in order for me to get the pokemon (you get a pokemon as a present when you go watch), I think I'm gonna go buy either Black or White. My goodness it takes forever to grow out of Pokemon! x) I don't know if I ever will x)

Maybe I'll add pictures later, and I'll most likely post an entry about my last several days in Hawaii later~
But for the time being, toooootles~

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My long awaited dorm information!

Yep, it came!  I bet I would’ve gotten it the day before if it weren’t for 4th of July, but whatevers, I got it! 😀  So I’m in the Zelkova house, and I’m pretty content with this dorm.  I’ve heard that it’s the strictest dorm, and how it’s called the “prison” or whatever, but I think it’s better to be in the strict one at least for my first year or so in college.

From what I read on a blog by a dorm resident, it sounds like a dorm everyone would avoid at all costs… http://reiyd.wordpress.com/ to be more precise… http://reiyd.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/zelkova-keyaki-house-icu-detailed-review/ But I put Zelkova as my number one choice.  I’ll find out if that turns out to be for the best… or if it was suicide soon enough.  I also found out from this girl’s twitter (I just searched Zelkova dorm and she came up on google x) that there’s only a total of 15 September students at Zelkova.  Dang.  Either there’s an insanely little amount of September students, or Zelkova is really unpopular…… .__.  whaaatevs.

I’d write more about my dorms, but since I had my mom take my college documents over to Japan with her, I have no idea what exactly the dorm is like….. boo.  So I’m just relying on the facts given by Reiyd and the ICU’s Zelkova page heereee….. http://subsite.icu.ac.jp/scj/11DormAppendix.pdf  and http://web.icu.ac.jp/dialogue/RYO3D.swf (virtual tour) and http://web.icu.ac.jp/dialogue/cat757/ is the new student dorms blog.  You can see some pictures of the inside 😀

So that’s about all I have for tonight, may post about my little adventure with my friend next time.  Till then~

AROHA DESU.

Letter from ICU

So that letter I was talking about from my last post about my email from ICU came…err…. several days ago (I took too long to write this post…).  But to my disappointment, they didn’t include the dorm information I was long anticipating.  However, I emailed the admissions office right away and they emailed me back saying that the information should come soon in the mail.  So I get to wait for another letter…. yaaaayy… the anticipation is killing me… TT^TT

So anyways, it had 5 things inside – a message from the Educational Affairs Group, Information from the Academic Planning Center about the ICUfolio and NetCommons password, information about NetCommons, ICU Regulations and the University Declaration of Human Rights, and The ICU no.28.  Not a very interesting package, but I was able to log into ICUfolio successfully, but even though they’re supposed to have the same password, I couldn’t get into NetCommons.  So I had to click “forgot my password” and change it.

So after being excited about being able to log into my first ICU network thing, the first thing I saw on the screen for ICUfolio was the pre-matriculation essay… TT_____TT  It’s really not that hard since they won’t be looking for writing structure and what not.  You just have to write about your fields of interest and why you’re interested, your academic goals, future plans, etc etc.  I’m guessing if other schools have a pre-entrance essay, they’ll probably look like this too.

Now, I’m just anxiously waiting for my dorm information… 2 days of no mail (Sunday and 4th of July…) is driving me INSANE.  T^T why can’t I be more patient…. My friend got hers………. she even talked to her….. major jealously here. D: …….. well then… byebye folks… hopefully my next update will be about my dorm bud.

Shoots den…. T^T

 

Other than the essay, I just had to update my profile on both NetCommons and the ICUfolio and what not, look at the