Today was the third day to go to Stanford university. I think we could learn a lot.
We had a lecture from Mr. Murphy-Shigematsu about “Mindfulness”. I had done it when I took part in the brass band contest; however, everything he taught us was so new to me. After his lecture, we went to the Windhover. This building is so quiet and artistic.
We had lunch with the professors for the first time. I was so surprised that Mr. Murphy-Shigematsu knew a lot about Japan. I talked with him about railways. I think he knew a lot more about Japan than me…
After lunch, we went to the art museum. It looked like a castle and was so beautiful. There were so many pictures and there were so many famous pictures in this museum. I was surprised. I really enjoyed taking pictures with my friends.
The most impressive event today was to play in the fountain. We also played in another place, but today’s one was bigger than yesterday. It was so nice to play in it.
I hope to get a lot of experiences more on the rest of this trip. (August 4 M.A)
Today was the last day of the Stanford youth program.
We did a final presentation, and my group talked about “sharegg”.
“Sharegg” is the solution to improve the life of a cell phone battery.
We discussed about its features; what is important or not.
With the mentor’s help, we had a significant amount of time in-group discussion.
On the presentation, I performed a short skit. I thought that something inside me changed while I was performing it. I felt like I break out of my shell.
The most surprising thing today was to know that the mentor who supported our group could speak Japanese fluently. He was pretending like he couldn’t understand it, so when we were discussing things, we tried to translate what we were talking about in Japanese to English. Yet, he was able to understand all the things what we were saying, so he gave us some hints about exactly what we needed. It helped our creativity to grow.
Throughout this workshop, I learned the importance of positivity and creativity. I want my creativeness to grow more after I go back to Japan, too.
I want to the next three days of this trip. (August 6 A.S)