I took JLPT N1 for the third time on December 4th, 2016. I had to fly to Houston for the exam…it was a rainy day, and yet I felt so hopeful to pass this time after a two-year hiatus. I took private online lessons once a week, with the goal of improving both my speaking and reading skills. It seems my reading skills improved only a bit – I still failed spectacularly this year. I can offer a few excuses: I’m in a graduate program that differs completely from my previous field, had problems to take care of, while also applied to a Ph.D. program with a tight deadline. However, excuses are worthless – it won’t change anything. So I think,”Why not just go to Japan?”.
Going to Japan is another dream of mine. My sister joined a one-year program (Bekka) in Japan, and I envied her a lot. Now, I don’t have the luxury of one year to study Japanese, but 3 or 6 months should suffice.
For this purpose, I scoured the internet for a good short-term program. After comparing several programs and reading the graduates’ reviews, I decided to go with a program at the Aichi prefecture. I won’t name names at this point until I get accepted. My goals are twofold: improving my Japanese skills to the point of not only passing JLPT N1 this year but also being professionally proficient in a business setting, and also getting an experience living in Japan. Many Japanese businesses are opening in Plano including Toyota, so I hope to be able to use Japanese at work after I come back.
Next, I will write about my application process, including my brazen request to be admitted to the Advanced Japanese program at the school.