I set my sights on this program from the moment I decided to enroll in a doctoral degree.
Q: What was your motivation for joining the program?
In the beginning I didn’t even think of going on to doctoral-level study, but as I progressed through my undergraduate program, I heard people talk about how a doctoral degree was a kind of license to join the front lines of activity internationally. They said that a doctoral degree proves its holder has a highly-trained intellect that distinguishes him or her from others, and that there was a lot to be gained from the process of earning the degree. As an ambitious person, I gradually began to be persuaded by these ideas. It was at that time that the head professor in my department introduced me to this incredibly attractive program. I was captivated by the program’s ideal of fostering global leaders capable of integrating knowledge from different fields and shifting the direction of innovation, and decided that this was exactly what I wanted to do. So I set my sights on this program from the moment I resolved to enroll in a doctoral degree.
Q: What about the program appeals to you?
I like the fact that we are offered so many opportunities and can interact with so many different people. It’s wonderful. I’ve only been enrolled in the program for three months, but I’ve already participated in a new students’ camp in Awajishima and the leading students’ conference in Hokkaido, and I’m looking forward to a young researchers’ workshop in Nara in July. These are the kinds of experiences I could never access in ordinary graduate student life. To rub shoulders with exceptional people, regardless of differences such as ethnicity, values, affiliation, and disciplinary background, is genuinely stimulating and enjoyable. I hope to continue to use the opportunities offered in the program to improve myself personally. I’m excited just thinking about it.
Q: What are your future dreams and goals?
To achieve a 20% increase in the volume of smiles worldwide.