How has studying abroad affected your future? Jennifer studied in Japan for two years and sums up how things are different:
I’m sad that I didn’t get to update my blog so often… a lot of stuff happened. Let’s see…
1. I switched from the Animation department to Game Design from my second year in school (although I still consider myself an animation major). I switched because I wanted to learn more about game oriented animation and modeling, and because that department gave me a lot more freedom to learn the things I wanted to learn.
2. I got some crap internships that make me want to leave Japan twice, but also made me learn a lot about the good and bad of the culture here. Although I’m half Japanese, I didn’t grow up with Japanese customs. I just learned to speak the language, and liked the food and cartoons. During my awkward teenage years, I always thought that I didn’t fit in because I was actually Japanese, and that I belonged in Japan… It didn’t occur to me that being a chubby poser goth was the problem. I still wouldn’t fit in if I were to go back to high school, but I know for sure that I’ve never felt more comfortable with myself as I do now :)