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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Time

Where does it go?

I've spent two whole days just doing homework for the language part of my course (that's 30% of the total) We're talkin normal weekly homework here, no special coursework. It was my intention to start working on one of my two forthcoming presentions yesterday, and yet here we are, 2pm on Sunday, yet to even start the weekly reading for my two non-language modules, which I was to do before I started on the presentation preperation...

My application for Rikkyo University (provisional deadline Wednesday) has taken up quite a bit of time. I really appreciate the fact that the person running the international course over there is very well organised, and despuite it being Sunday, and despite them curently being in the US on business, they have already replied to my email that I sent just a few hours ago requesting further explanation of what I was supposed to write in answer to the question regarding the department to which I wish to be affiliated.

The deal is this: if my Japanese is good enough, I can take virtually any module at Rikkyo. Naturally, I veered towards the Social Relations faculty website (here in Sheffield, SEAS is regarded as being a Social Science dept, as opposed to language), and located a number of modules that I'm really interested in. We're talking environmental movements and the such like. In addition to that, I'll be taking about 5 hours of language classes a week, and a few modules that pretty much mirror the kind of culture/history/politics classes that I will have already done here. I note a few of the lecturers are American - if they start harping on about Reischauer there will be trouble.

I'll be so glad when this semester is over. Mind you, if I really do intend to take these classes in Japanese I'm going to have a lot of work to do over the summer.

Hokey dokey, must go and have a listen to a lecture about the Japanese 'Quality of Life'. I started listening to it last night in a bid to get to sleep. It worked.

xxx

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