PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6525 posts, RR: 16 Posted (1 year 7 months 21 hours ago) and read 963 times:
You probably know enough about me due to my previous threads.
Now I am probably going to transfer to Japan!
Now here's the thing: I've been at ASU for 2 full years now and I've been really disappointed with it. I guess I went in with too many expectations. Either way I haven't made up my mind yet, as I haven't necessarily done anything yet in the transfer steps.
Reasons for transferring to Japan, for me:
1) the people I've had to deal with at ASU especially in the clubs I joined,
2) the really poor Japanese language program staffed by a 80 year old Japanese woman stuck in the 80's
3) I have more contacts over there now than I do here in PHX, so I might as well go
However, I did think of a lot of things that would keep me here in Phoenix:
1) my car
2) my drumset (it's huge and worth about $6,000)
3) the metal music scene here, which I am quite active in.
What do you guys suggest? (previous threads aside, especially with my buddy's ex) Anybody who lives over in Japan, can you guys give me some pointers?
One of the FB admins for PHX Spotters. "Zach the Expat!"
speedbird217 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 328 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 13 hours ago) and read 858 times:
If this is your dream and you have the opportunity to do it: Do it! You only live once and like JRadier said, material things shouldn't keep you from fulfilling your dream and become happy.
I guess I know what you feel like. I studied in the US (Washington, DC) last year, and I was even unsatisfied with my university in Germany before I left. Since I got back it just got worse. I had such a fantastic time over there and really loved everything about it. Here I just feel like I don't belong here and things don't live up to my expectations.
Now I just applied for my Master's in London and wanna go back to the US after that. Like you, I also have more friends in the US and in the UK than I have in Germany.
So do whatever makes you happy mate! Also keep in mind that it is probably a lot easier to build a life in Japan while you're still young than to take this step as you get older - in case you want to live in Japan afterwards.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39411 posts, RR: 76 Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 10 hours ago) and read 804 times:
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 2): I was there last year for a study abroad trip for 6 weeks and I enjoyed every minute of it, and of course I've done extensive research into Japan, so Japan is no stranger to me.
PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6525 posts, RR: 16 Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 742 times:
Quoting JRadier (Reply 3): Are you going to let a car and a drum kit decide such an important time in life?
Well also there's the whole financial issue. My parents have been cutting back BIG TIME in the last year or so because of the economy. I've been trying to find work but that's next to impossible out here.
Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 4): Here I just feel like I don't belong here and things don't live up to my expectations.
That's exactly how I feel about ASU....but the difference is, I love the city of Phoenix and I love the music scene that comes with the Valley.
gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4314 posts, RR: 22 Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 593 times:
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 6): Well also there's the whole financial issue.
I think it would be cool to study in Japan. If I could do it, I would. The biggest issue for me is of course financial issues. With the current 78 yen to a dollar versus the 120 yens to a dollar back in 2007 when I first came to Japan, I am struggling to be able to buy groceries and Japanese products versus American products back in the US. A can of coffee cost me almost $2 at Lawson. I understand as a college student, it can be hard to live off a small amount of money (unless you have wealthy parents) and with work very hard to come by unless you speak Japanese fluently. If it's your dream, then go ahead and study in Japan. I once met several American college students from University of California-San Diego in Sendai in 2008 that were studying at Tohuku University through the foriegn exchange program. Sounds like a good deal living with a host family. As you mentioned before you spent some time here so you know how the lifestyle is. Personally, I prefer living in Japan then in the U.S due to many various reasons. I'm sure Superfly agree with me since he's an expat living in Thailand. Sorry if my advice wasn't too helpful, but I hope you'll find a way. Cheers.