When I came to Sophia as an exchange student from the US, rather than focusing primarily on language acquisition, I decided to study a wide variety of subjects. As a result, I wound up enrolling in literature, business, mathematics, and language courses. In the end, I was extremely pleased with my decision, since it gave me the opportunity to get to know more students and professors than a more focused curriculum would have allowed. I found that I enjoyed all my classes for different reasons: the literature course had a phenomenal class atmosphere, the business and math courses put me in touch with like-minded individuals, and the language course allowed me to connect with students who, like me, came from overseas.
Sophia was fantastic for helping me acclimatize to life in Tokyo. I consider myself to be a worldly guy, but I think it would have been much harder to settle in without the welcoming and international atmosphere of the FLA. The program allowed me to make friends instantly with both study-abroad students and fulltime students. When I left my home university, I couldn’t have asked to be a part of a better student body than I found at Sophia. I will be drawing on these experiences for a lifetime.