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In the next in a series of reports from recent HJU graduates, we hear from MT. As with previous reports, she has some good tips and interesting information about her work, and about how to approach university life.


First, I asked MT about her early times at HJU, especially what motivated her to study English, and what her early challenges were with improving her TOEIC score specifically.


I wanted to speak with the teachers from the United Kingdom and the United States! With that in mind, I searched for every opportunity I could find to use English in my life in Japan. For example, you can make sure you connect to English every day, study independently beyond your assigned work, find people online to practice conversation in English with, and even travel abroad by yourself. I determined to do as much as possible. When preparing for the first TOEIC test, I focused on listening for 30 minutes each day, for 3 months. I managed to push my score up from 445 to 495 through this first period.


Next, I asked MT about her ideas on how university students should approach general university life.


I met the people I wanted to meet, and I did the things I wanted to do. For example, I helped organize a workshop in which a student I met in Osaka who had started an NPO took part, and to which we invited classmates. I often visited Osaka and Tokyo to ensure I got information from broad sources and thought hard about what problems there were, and who was doing what to try and solve them. I think students should remember that only they have the power to do things for themselves.


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Right now, I am working at a High School. However, at the same time, I am distance learning to get a teaching license. Although I won't start formal teaching for a couple of years, I am scoring English tests and proctoring. Other teachers often ask me questions about English, and I often refer to overseas and GSE classes that I took when I was a student at HJU.



MT hosts an event for freshman, her English skills have been valuable for her in finding a job she loves.

Finally, I asked MT to give some advice to current and future university students about university life. I think she has some really important points:


Now that I am in the world of work, I realize that my time at university was the freest in my life. When we are working, we have to be careful not to make any mistakes. When I was a student, I had much more autonomy without fear of consequences. I recommend that you experience a wide variety of things, and to venture outside of Japan when you can, as this will enrich your life.


Well, those are wise words from MT. I want to offer my personal thanks to her for taking the time to share her experiences.


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In the next in a series of articles, we hear from MG, a recent HJU graduate who is now busy at work. As I mentioned in the previous articles, watching students graduate and then move on to new lives is a bittersweet experience. However, having spoken with MG this week, and hearing how well things are going in her new job, has been so positive. She has some useful ideas about learning and using English- so, let's see what she had to say. First MG spoke about how to improve your English level, whilst staying motivated.


I studied English by taking notes on new vocabulary and English expressions in the GSE classes and whenever I was researching or writing my assignments. I also listened to TED Talks and podcasts in my free time to improve my listening skills. In addition, I improved my speaking ability to create more opportunities to actively speak English by communicating with international students at the university and by participating in international volunteer work. I think it is important to have fun studying English. I was able to continue my studies by motivating my future goals and favorite overseas trips. I often think of the expression: "Persistence will pay off." Please do your best and you will reach your goals!


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MG recommends taking chances to speak English, in this picture she is volunteering as part of the Hiroshima Peace festival.

Next, I asked how MG, now that she is working and has graduated, looks back on her university time:

You will always need positivity in your job. Therefore, please be conscious of keeping a positive attitude, such as actively speaking in class and participating in volunteer work in your university life. An enterprising attitude and ability to take action will be very useful in the workplace. I also recommend that you continue to study for and take the TOEIC test. I think there are many companies that will check your English skills by looking at your TOEIC score. I think it will be to your benefit if you get business English skills while you are a university student.


Ok, so that's some solid advice from MG. As her teacher in many classes, I can confirm that she always wrote down new words, was conscious of her TOEIC score, and made steady progress through hard work and commitment.


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MG hard at work; she recommends a positive attitude.

Next, I asked her next about her new job, and how she uses English in her daily life:

Until June, there was training for new employees, and I learned about the history of the company and important things about workplace manners. Also, I took part in a lot of group work and presentations as team-building exercises. I made a presentation about the company for new employees and partners overseas and presented it in English using online video conferencing software. Not only was I able to communicate with overseas employees in English, but I also felt how the company was connected to overseas group companies. I think there will be many opportunities to use English at work. I continue to make an effort to study English.


Finally, I asked MG if she has any words of advice for current or potential new students.


Do not be afraid of failure, and please challenge yourself a lot while you are a university student. You should be able to grow step by step through your experience and failures.


Thank you, MG for your wonderful advice, and congratulations on your ongoing success!

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University life is an important stage for all of us. As a teacher, one of the happiest, and saddest times is saying goodbye to the 4th year seniors when they graduate. In this series of articles, I have asked some of the GSE graduates who are now working to speak about their new lives, about their jobs, and to give some advice to current students. This time, A.K. has been kind enough to share some of her wisdom and experience!


First, and since Ayaka is using English in her new job, and since she improved her language abilities a great deal during her 4 years at HJU, I asked her for some tips on how current students can follow in her footsteps and improve their English.


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Ayaka K is now busy at work!

"I recommend doing daily assignments, studying for the TOEIC test by oneself, and as I mentioned, reading short passages aloud- which I especially enjoyed because I like actually speaking English. Also, I often listen to music and sing English songs, and watch movies and YouTube in English as part of my leisure time."


Next, I asked her about how current students can endeavor to work hard and improve themselves while at university.


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A very happy A.K. on graduation day!

"I suggest both volunteering and taking a part-time job. Through volunteering, I could learn diverse knowledge and ways of thinking. Also, because I had a part-time job, I could learn social knowledge such as flexibility. Also, I worked at a cram school part-time, so I could improve my English skills by teaching others."


I was curious about how A.K. uses English in her new job, so I asked her about it.


"The section in which I am currently training in mainly domestic logistics, so I use Japanese more than English. However, we also do business with foreign-affiliated companies, so I have a chance to use English by giving support over the phone and through creating documents. Also, in the section of international logistics, there are lots of chances to use English because people always deal with international companies. So I will have a chance to use English more and more as I develop in my role. Having as good English ability as possible is definitely an advantage."


Finally, some words of advice for high school students:


"Try your best at everything. There are a lot of experiences which you can have as a university student. Don't judge a book by its cover and try something new, as often as possible. Try many different things actively, and you will grow as a person!"


Thank you to A.K. for her stories and advice! I look forward to hearing from other HJU graduates in the future!

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