Impressions of a student from Kobe
“I was most impressed in the seminar by the positive attitude of Korean students. They expressed more and more opinions and questions in discussion time, which made me able to express my opinions positively. And the same positive attitude can be found in their student committee activities. I was inspired that they were struggling to promote university co-op, which was still low in awareness.
I really enjoyed exchanges with Korean students during the seminar. In the beginning of the seminar, I was worried whether I would be able to communicate, because the common language spoken was English. But when we were together, I felt that language was not so important. By seeing, listening and feeling the same thing, I was able to communicate naturally and had a great time. Especially, at the okonomiyaki restaurant which we went to on the second night, we talked about common actors/actresses in Korea and Japan, popular animations and movies. We felt so closer that the feeling led to active discussions on the last day of the seminar.
By learning about the current condition of Korean university co-ops, I was able to re-think about the Japanese university co-ops. In Japan, the awareness toward university co-ops and their membership rate are high. The system is also well-organized and university co-ops are also responsive to their members' needs. However, we must not feel satisfied and stop the co-ops growth. Instead, we, the student committee, must always think about what is a university co-op and what we can do in the future.
Hanshin Block student office, Kobe City Univ. of Foreign Studies