京都は人口の一割を学生が占める、全国でも有数の学生のまち。 そんな京都だからできる、学生プロデュースの祭、それが京都学生祭典です。
今回はそんな京都学生祭典の実行委員である学生が、一大学生としての日々感じた“純粋な”日常を綴っていきます。
Kyoto is a city of students, where they make up 10% of the population. Kyoto Intercollegiate Festa is a student-produced festival project. One of the students from this program committee will be writing a column expressing pure thoughts and feelings of living in Kyoto as a student.

京都学生祭典

第15回京都学生祭典
京都学生祭典は産・学・公・地域と連携し、京都の学生が主体となって運営する「祭」です。記念すべき15回目を迎える今年は、「京都学生文化」の創出を目標に掲げ、活動しています。学生のパワー溢れる「京都らしさ」をたくさんの方々に知っていただくことで、「学生のまち・京都」の魅力発信につとめてまいります。今年は10月8日(日)に平安神宮前・岡崎プロムナード一帯で開催を予定しております。

2016.11.04 FRIDAY

University Life

’University life = The greatest holiday in life'

This may be a common idea in Japanese society.

'What did you do in University? What did you study?'
Frankly speaking, I get a bit troubled when asked this question. Should I answer what kind of lectures I am taking in University, or shall I go on and talk about something else...

I am currently a junior in university. I am from Yamaguchi Prefecture, and I hate tomato. I am hoping I get to overcome this issue before I finish university.

I came out to Kyoto to start university and am struggling to get through my days full of new things. One of which is to live on my own.

This 2.5 years were full of good and bad things but I guess it all comes down to creating who I am now.

My days in Kyoto is basically carried out under the following 3 activities;

1) University
It brought me here. I get to study and explore the things that interests me and I am grateful of having this chance.

2) Part time work
Although there were hard times, I am still hanging on. I work as waiter at Kyoto cuisine restaurant and also at a bar during summer. My colleagues, strict but kind bosses, friendly customers, they all taught me to be patient and to be a good host. Again, I am thankful of this opportunity.

3) Last but not the least, it's the Kyoto Intercollegiate Festa
It was a truly valuable experience being part of this program. I learnt the hardness and sense of accomplishment to create one big project with other members, the power of students and the small scale of myself, along with a chance to make friends and experiences that is now supporting my confidence. I am so glad I got to share this time with every single person that I have come across in this project. 

京都学生祭典本祭集合写真
So, I am enjoying my university life in Kyoto! And I hope to continue so during the rest of the time left.

Kyoto has become my second hometown, a place I am very fond of.

I cannot speak out for other students, but at least from my own view, 'University life = The greatest holiday in life' is true. There are many ways to enjoy this time. To study or to get excited having fun. I must not forget how as an elementary child I used to devote myself in fully enjoying the 30 days of summer holiday, I should do the same with this 4 years in university. There are so much that can be done.

I should be ambitious to take in as much as I can to make the most of this time. 

Looking straight forward, sometimes looking back, I shall enjoy my time as a student.

 

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