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Study Abroad - From the world to WASEDA -

From Singapore to WASEDA

Ms. Xuemin Oh
Graduate from School of International Liberal Studies (September 2014)

Studying at SILS helped me to recognize my dreams

Although I was born and raised in Singapore, I developed an interest in Japanese culture when I started watching Japanese animes and television dramas as a high school student. Four years ago, I decided to study abroad at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS). At that time, I possessed a many different interests and couldn’t decide upon my major. Since SILS enables students to study a broad range of fields, it was a perfect fit for me.

When I first came to Japan, I was surprised by the high level of customer service and the good manners of Japanese people when riding public transportation. I was also captivated by Japan’s rich nature. Singapore is about the same size of the Tokyo 23 wards and lacks the varied scenery of Japan. I was enthralled by the beautiful nature of Oze National Park, the Japanese culture and hot springs of Kusatsu, and the Tottori sand dunes…

At first, I studied international relations at SILS. However, at the end of my third year, I had the courage to pursue my true passion of music. Thanks to the cooperation of SILS staff, I was able to hurriedly change to a major in music and education. In particular, I studied many subjects in the field of art. Ultimately, I found employment as a music instructor at an international preschool in Tokyo.

My life has been greatly impacted by my experiences in Japan and my interaction with foreign students from other countries. More than anything, studying at SILS helped me to recognize my dreams. Currently, my foremost dream is to contribute to music education in Singapore. Through music, I hope to stimulate the creativity and innovation of young people in Singapore.

Taking a graduation trip to Oze National Park. I was thrilled by the conservation of beautiful nature in the vast park.

The Chorus Club to which I belonged won the Grand Prize at an international chorus competition held in Poland. I wore a yukata and participated in a parade (author at right).