"Think about applying to colleges in foreign countries! Many countries have programs taught in English (tuition might be cheaper or even free!)."
Hear Momiji talk about her shift from sociology/anthropology to a specialization in political science, and how she did that by studying abroad in Japan!
During my internship at a member of the House of Representative’s office, I was allowed to go anywhere in the Diet Building whenever I wanted!
My career roadmap has been somewhat defined.
I’m Japanese, but I grew up in Santa Clarita, so I always wanted to live in Tokyo, and I wanted to become a politician since junior high school.
During my senior year in high school, I found out that there are some universities in Japan where I can study political science in English. I applied to Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan and I got accepted.
During my freshman year in college, I learned that I’m more interested in learning about current social issues than political theories. I also learned that I don’t need to study political science to become a politician; therefore, I decided to major in sociology (minor in political science).
I found out that my major allows me to obtain a teaching license if I take extra units; therefore, I decided to take 30 extra units to receive a teaching license only because those units were free.
While learning about education, I started to think education needs to change in order to change society or to solve social issues.
I researched and found out about “citizenship education,” which I think is a necessary education for people to solve social issues. Therefore, I decided to attend a graduate school to research more about “citizenship education.” Since then, I want to become a politician, who is specialized in education.
During my internship at a member of the House of Representative’s office, politicians told me that I should experience living in another country to learn more about different societies. Therefore, I applied to University College London (Institute of Education) in England.
March 2020, I got an acceptance letter from University College London; however, due to COVID19, I decided to defer my offer. I plan to start my academic year September 2021. Currently, I am a master’s student at Sophia University’s education department.
Here are my extracurriculars relevant to this pathway
DURING MY HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Theater Club at COC (treasurer)
DURING MY COLLEGE CAREER
Internship at a member of the House of Representative’s office in Tokyo, Japan (they are willing to accept foreign students for both short and long-term!)
Volunteering at Development Education Association and Resource Center in Tokyo, Japan
Volunteering at Dot-jp.Nonprofit Organization, which holds events for high school and college students to gain political literacy
Working part-time at Kidzania Tokyo
Working part-time at 3 keys, Nonprofit Organization which is aiming to make our society a place where every child can receive enough education and children’s rights are protected.
What I'm currently doing/hope to do
I received an offer from University College London (Institute of Education)’s postgraduate program in England. However, due to COVID19, I decided to defer my offer. I will be a postgraduate student at UCL starting September 2021. UCL’s Institute of Education has been ranked as the number 1 in the world for Education, so I am very excited to start my research there! For now, I am a master’s student at Sophia University’s Department of Education in Tokyo, Japan. My research topic is EU citizenship education. I already have a high school teaching license, and I am aiming to obtain a junior high school teaching license by the end of 2020. I might become a teacher for a few years in order to gain experiences in the field after my postgraduate program at UCL, but I am planning to become a local politician (who is specialized in Education) in Tokyo, Japan in the near future.
How to maximize my time in high school?
Advice #1: If you are interested in Education (or becoming a teacher), take notes on how your teachers are teaching you and keep all of your worksheets, essays, notes, textbooks, ppt, posters and etc.
Advice #2: Take foreign language classes seriously. It is very useful if you can read other languages when you do your own research.
Advice #3: Yes, GPA is important (I only got 2 Bs in high school), but experiences are also important. I regret not doing anything, but studying. Do an internship or part-time job related to your interest (also save money!)
Advice #4: Take philosophy classes seriously. Philosophy is related to everything. It’s very useful when you have basic knowledge!
Advice #5: Think about applying to colleges in foreign countries! Many countries have programs taught in English (tuition might be cheaper or even free!).