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  • Hi! My name is Loretta Scott

  • and I'm a 2010 graduate

  • of the Critical Language Scholarship

  • in Kyoto Japan.

  • I'm Steven.

  • ...and I'm Alyssa.

  • I was in CLS in 2011 and 2012.

  • And I did CLS in 2010 and 2011.

  • Hi! My name is Mike.

  • CLS, 2010.

  • My name is Jenny.

  • CLS, 2012.

  • Hi, I'm Josh.

  • I'm a CLS alumni from 2012.

  • ("Haha! Should we start over?")

  • ("Yeah...")

  • Why do you think your application was selected?

  • One of the major things that

  • the admissions committee is looking for

  • is a serious commitment in Japan

  • and in the language.

  • ...and if there's a way that you can show that

  • I think that really helps your application.

  • In my case,

  • I studied for the JLPT on my own

  • so that showed that

  • I think I had the self motivation to keep up the langauge afterwards.

  • I got some help from my fellowship office

  • and just looking over the essay

  • and strengthening my key points.

  • which were mainly

  • I want to take the JLPT

  • and possibly use Japanese in a business environment.

  • My majors are economics and Japanese

  • so I feel like those combined strengthened my application.

  • I had kind of funky, interesting research interests

  • in folk crafts and ceramics

  • so if there's something like that

  • that you have, anything that sets you apart,

  • I think that really helps your application.

  • What was your favorite part about living in Japan?

  • Definitely the homestay experience.

  • It's kind of like you get to relive your childhood

  • but in a whole 'nother world, in a whole 'nother language.

  • It's interesting to see how

  • tradition and modernity blend in together.

  • to have like a 'konbini' next to a temple, that's pretty amazing.

  • Just being in an immersive environment

  • and being forced to ONLY speak Japanese...

  • that really got me to

  • use everything that I've learned but

  • to be more receptive

  • to all the input I was getting from all these different angles.

  • Did your Japanese improve?

  • Being there, I felt like I was forced

  • to be more spontaneous and be more comfortable

  • with conversation.

  • Plus we all decided that we'd never

  • speak English while we were there.

  • That was a combination of host family and classes.

  • but also, speaking Japanese all the time.

  • with everyone in the program, too.

  • I think, more than learning more Kanji

  • or maybe learning more words

  • I think my communication skills

  • my ability to speak and express myself in Japanese

  • definitely improved.

  • The rule on paper was that we always speak Japanese.

  • and for the most part I tried to stick to that.

  • Well I would go home and have

  • 3-hour long dinner conversations.

  • and those are the best ways to

  • synthesize what you learned during the day.

  • and talk it out!

  • I think repetition and thinking on the fly can really help.

  • Absolutely! Definitely!

  • Its always kinda 50/50

  • between class and outside experience.

  • I went to a pottery studio

  • probably 3 times a week

  • that's where I had, like what Steven said,

  • the chance to really expand on what you learned

  • in the classroom.

  • Find some niche somewhere

  • Japanese people that you can meet

  • and interact with them on a closer, personal level

  • and make a commitment to that while you're there

  • and definitely your Japanese skills will improve.

  • Any future plans for Japan?

  • I'm going to be doing an internship in Japan.

  • doing marketing in Japanese and English.

  • My thought would be to participate in the JET program.

  • I would like to end up living in Japan.

  • for at least a couple years at some point.

  • to get really really fluent.

  • I currently work for a Japanese company in the US.

  • so I definitely use Japanese on a daily basis.

  • Now I'm in the healthcare industry.

  • I would love to see if there's possible connections with Japan.

  • I work with a Japanese company right now

  • and in the Fall I'm going to be

  • starting a graduate degree program

  • in Anthropology at Yale University.

  • I'm sure that it's going to lead me back to Japan somehow.

  • Japan is definitely in there

  • when I said that I was making a long term commitment

  • to Japan in the CLS essay, I meant it!

  • In my original application to CLS

  • I wrote that I wanted to start a service

  • that would help other students study abroad.

  • Well, this is it!

  • I hope to show other students

  • that there are so many opportunities

  • and scholarships to help them study abroad, too.

Hi! My name is Loretta Scott

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