Jul 11, 2018

My journey to Japan

As a young teen I dreamed about how my life would be when I became older. I dreamed about living in the central of Copenhagen and be a studying at the best business university. If anyone would have told me that I would be living in Japan at the age of 21, I would have called them crazy. 

When I was around 18 years old it was time for me to plan my future. Or at least the future I had after high school. I wanted to travel, get to know a new culture and learn a new language. It was my father who came up with the idea of me going to Japan. As I had visit Japan before, I was not a hard decision for me to make. The plan was to live in Tokyo for nine months, while doing an internship and study Japanese. 

The day for my departure came. It was nerve-ragging and I felt like I was making the biggest mistake of my life. A million thoughts were going through my head, such as "would I regret this?" or "will I be able to live on my own?". Luckily, I was wrong. I didn't make the biggest mistake of my life, instead I had the best nine months of my life living in Tokyo. However the journey did not stop there.....

After coming to Japan I changed. I became the person I always wanted to be; confident and outgoing and, I stopped caring what people thought of me. This new person was a part of a new life and did not want to let it go.

Compared to the life I had in Denmark, my life in Japan has made me a lot happier. This might be hard to understand for people who never knew the girl I was in Denmark. Nevertheless this was the reason why I did not want to leave Japan after the planned nine months.

I applied for english program at a Japanese University and was fortunate enough to get in. 

I am not going to lie though. Being a international university student in Japan is a hard and I often doubt if this was the right the decision. Living alone and communicating with people with different cultural understandings (especially authorities) are just a few of the difficulties I experience every day. Nevertheless, I would not exchange this experience for anything.



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