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Hiroo Gakuen Boston Universities Tour 4

インターナショナル,広報】 2019/3/18 月曜日 — 10:11:58

ボストンの大学見学の様子を生徒の日記とともにお伝えします。

Babson College
Babson College is a medium sized college that has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,342 students. Approximately about 30% of the students are international students, representing 78 countries from all over the world. Babson is dedicated to business, especially entrepreneurship. FME (Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship) course is one of the things that makes Babson different from other universities. FME course is a required course for first-year students to take and students will be able to actually run their own business in this course. The college invests up to $3,000 to businesses that students come up with. If the business became successful, all of the profits will be donated to local service organizations and even if the business ends in a failure, there is no need for students to return the money to the college. These opportunities make students develop an entrepreneur thought and action, make them understand more deeply on how business works, and also make them get ready for real-life business and entrepreneurship. Another thing that makes Babson different is that they do not make students decide on their majors. This means that students can take any courses that they want for four years until they find their area of interest. 99% of the undergraduate students who attended Babson were employed or attended graduate school within six months of graduation. 89% of the students had at least one internship while attending Babson and over half of the students experienced study abroad programs.
Babson college was a great college with a beautiful campus, friendly people, and a great academic curriculum. I was personally attracted to the part where students can take both business majors and liberal arts majors because I am interested in business but also want to learn other majors too. I also liked that Babson has partnerships with Wellesley College and Olin College of Engineering because it widens up the opportunities that the students can have in both academic and social perspectives.
– R.K. (H1 girl)

Boston College
Boston College is known as the first institution of higher education to operate in the city of Boston. It offers a variety of majors and minors in various fields, including the Carroll School Management, Connell School of Nursing, Lynch School of Education, and so on. I was very proud to be able to go to such a famous and attractive college. Although we didn’t have time to go around the campus, we were able to ask some questions to the people studying in the college about the college life, and from a person working for the admissions. We were also able to meet a graduate student of Hiroo Gakuen. He gave us a mini tour, showing us the gymnasium, classrooms, etc.
Listening at the Q&A from the students in the Boston College, I found out that they were having a very fulfilling life. 80% of the students in the college completed at least one internship, 50% of the students had studied abroad during their 4 years, 49% of the students engage in service or volunteer work every week, 96% of the students are employed six months after graduation. These numbers show the motivation in every student, the support that the school provides, and how successful the students have been.
From the person working in the admissions, we got to know the admission details, which consists of financial aid, scholarships, and the detailed dates of the application deadlines. First of all, for the financial aid, Boston College offers both merit based and need based (only merit based for international students). However, the merit based financial aid is very competitive since many students from all over the world apply for it. The school only offers it for 10 to 15 students. Undergraduate students receive BC grants and scholarships totalling $154 million. Lastly, for the application deadlines, Boston College has an early decision and a regular decision. The first early decision is from November 1 to December 15, and the second early decision is from January 1 to February 15. The regular decision is from January 1 to April 1.
The graduate student of Hiroo Gakuen gave us some advices of what we should do in our high school life. He explained that we should not be that nervous, and not be too stressed. I felt a lot more relieved hearing this since I used to think to get into such a good university, you needed to get good scores in tests, do a lot of extracurricular activities and so on. He was also kind enough to talk to us about what he did when he was in high school, and his GPA and SAT scores.
– S.G. (H1 boy)

Wellesley College
Wellesley college, a private women’s college founded in 1870, is known for being the nation’s top women’s college, producing many famous scholars, including Hillary Clinton.
I myself have never been interested in an all-women’s college, because I had this misconception that the school buildings, teaching methods, dress code, and faculties were old-fashioned and restricted. However, I was wrong. Starting from the atmosphere of the school, the students looked very lively and fulfilled and I learnt that the professors and students were closely connected. Also the school has partnerships with Babson University and cross-registration with MIT.
We couldn’t go to every one of the buildings but I personally favored the library because there were so many books about identity, women and gender aligned neatly on the table at the front. I was very excited to see these books and I sensed that this school values ideas of feminism and women’s rights, which I am very interested in and plan to pursue in the future.
Moreover, from the further explanation we got, I found out that students are fully engaged in classes, and their voices and opinions are valued.
In the past, colleges were only limited to male scholars and people thought that women had no need to experience further education and so many opportunities were restricted. Although, many progress has been made thanks to the authors and activists throughout centuries, predominance of men still exists in many different forms. Wellesley trains women in leadership and pushes women scholars to have an interest in STEM subjects and computer science as well as making students aware of gender issues and the imbalance of society. Consequently, from visiting Wellesley College, I believe it was a pretty well-fit school for me because I think I can find a community; people who have similar interests as me, where we could exchange our perspectives on these issues.
It was where I had the chance to imagine myself actually going to the college, the place where I hope to grow as a person, reflect on who I am and think about who I want to be.
– N.H. (M3 girl)

After lunch, we went to Wellesley College, which is a women’s school. It is known as the college which Hillary R. Clinton graduated from.
Their mission is to provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Many of my friends thought that it’s nice to push the student to be the leaders of the next generation, and some boys said it was such a nice school that they would want to enter the school if they were girl.
We were able to go around and see a lot of facilities, and we also could hear about the campus, school life, housing, food and curriculum from a tour guide. After the tour, we listened to an information session. They have over 2,300 undergraduate students, over 50 majors and about 1,000 programs. As I mentioned before, Hillary Clinton graduated from this school. She was a United States Senator, and two out of the three women Secretaries of State (the second highest position of power in the US Government) graduated from this school, which means they train women into responsible leaders.
Before I heard the information session or went on the tour I wasn’t really interested in this college, but after that I understood that they make students who have leadership and will be the leader of the world, so I thought it is great school for us.
– I.H. (M3 girl)

第19回日経STOCKリーグにて敢闘賞受賞

広報】 2019/3/15 金曜日 — 14:50:15

日本経済新聞社主催の第19回日経STOCKリーグに中学2年有志生徒が参加し、敢闘賞(中学部門全国第2位)を受賞致しました。

Hiroo Gakuen Boston Universities Tour 3

インターナショナル,広報】 13:44:00

ボストンの大学見学の様子を生徒の日記とともにお伝えします。

Bentley University
Bentley University is known for being the number one college for great internship opportunities and for ranking 10th place for having the best business curriculum. This university has a “General Business Education” as their biggest core, which is a system where all students will be taking business classes regardless of their major. The second core is the “General Education Core” which is to take one of the Arts and Sciences classes. The third is the major, and the fourth is the liberal studies major.
Bentley has more than 4,000 undergraduate students, with a 12:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of 26 students. Bentley has 25 majors and 36 minors, which is a little less than other universities or colleges we have seen in this tour.
As the university has the number one internship opportunities, Bentley also offers programs to study abroad in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, and more countries. This program not only allows you to study abroad but also offers internships. Many major companies, for instance, Apple, Microsoft and Converse, provide opportunities to students to experience marketing for their enterprise. In addition, Bentley has a student-run investing group to actually experience investing in one of their great facilities; the Trading Room in the Hughey Center For Financial Services. These are just a small portion of why the school holds a 97% placement rate of graduates who are in full-time positions after 6 months.
Although I am still wondering what I want to be in the future or what I genuinely want to do in my university life, I am interested in business so I thought that Bentley could be in one of my considerations for universities I want to go. Also hands down my best impression out of the universities we have visited.
– R.T. (M3 Girl)

Bentley University was the best school to enter for me, because of the school’s system. I was most fascinated by this school out of all universities we’ve seen in Boston. Bentley University is a school that trained in business. It’s known for school which has No.1 internship opportunity. Also this school is 10th place of all the American business universities. I’d like to introduce this school’s system and other good points.
First, about the system. You have to take 4 things. First, all student must take general business class. Second thing you must take is the general education like math or philosophy. Third thing you have to take is your own major. There are several types of classes like financial, business, management and marketing. Last thing you will take is LSM which is stand for Liberal Studies Major like psychology. I have been interested in sports psychology so I’m so looking forward to it. Also, you can take double major with business course and LSM course. However you can’t take both business or both LSM.
Second thing I was interested in is the curriculum which companies come to the Bentley University campus and do some workshops. Some popular companies comes to the school and solve the real problem with the students.
The third thing I want to talk about is internships. As I mentioned, this school has No.1 opportunity to do internships. 92% of students have done an internship once and 72% of students have done an internship twice. They said that you had better do a lot of internships, and find out what is suitable for you.
Bentley University was a very nice university which has lot of opportunities for students to learn business. I am interested in sports psychology and business. So in my opinion, it is very nice university.
– T.I. (M3 Boy)

Boston University
We went to the Boston University today. Unfortunately we weren’t able to go around the campus and see the buildings very much, but we listened to a presentation done by two people who work at Boston University. I will talk about two things that I thought were interesting about BU.
The first part is the study abroad programs. There are 100 study abroad programs, and once in a four year degree all of the students are required to go study abroad. I think this is a great program because even you weren’t expecting to study abroad, from this opportunity you may be able to find a new interest or a major witch you have never tried.
The second part is the class size. The average class size is 27 people per class and the range of the class size is 20 to 30. Witch is small compared from other universities. This makes the University very attractive because you are able to take and absorb high quality lectures easily and can make a good relationship with the professors.
Boston University was more interesting than I expected it to be. Through the talk, I was able to realize that you can’t know about universities by just looking it up. You can find the best information by listening to the actual experiences of the students.
– A.W. (M3 Girl)

Brandeis University
In the afternoon, we visited Brandeis University. We saw a lot of university facilities, and we also had a time to have a conversation with someone who works at Brandeis University about the school after we finished the tour. I’d like to write about two things that I thought are the best features of this university.
First, students at this university can choose to take any classes, even if they are out of your major. For example, if your major is business and you already took business classes, you can also take art, political science, etc. I think this is very interesting because in Japan I don’t know any university that has this system. And I was very attracted to their way of thinking. The woman who gave us the presentation said that students don’t have to choose one favorite thing. Now, I have some interest in the science field and politics so that one really interests me.
Second, this university is an R1 school. R1 universities are research universities in the United States classified as Doctoral Universities in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Students at Brandeis University have a lot of opportunities to engage with researching. Professors in this university re very close to students. Some of the professors tell their phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and if their students have a problem or question for their classes they will answer it, even at 8pm.
I had never heard of Brandeis University before this tour. However, this university is really good and also very hard to enter. This time, I learned there are many things that I don’t know in the world. From this experience I would like to try a lot of new things and find what I want to do in the future.
– H.K. (M3 Boy)

Hiroo Gakuen Boston Universities Tour 2

インターナショナル,広報】 12:16:16

ボストンの大学見学の様子を生徒の日記とともにお伝えします。

Harvard University
The first University we visited on day 2 was Harvard University. Throughout the 1.5 hours at Harvard, I think we found out a lot of things. One new thing I realized is that Harvard University takes care of traditions and histories way more compared with other universities by the form of architectures.
Despite being one of the top universities in the world, Harvard University has an undergraduate population around the average with 6766 people and a quarter are international students. The gender ratio is also relatively balanced with male to women being 51.7 to 48.3. Student to faculty ratio is 6:1 and 72.5% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Harvard University also has a restrictive early action program which does not allow applicants to apply to other universities early program.
There are 50 undergraduate majors in Harvard. The most popular majors are economics, political science and government, history and liberal arts and they take up one-third of the student’s majors. Compared to universities like Northeastern University which has more than 170 majors and allows double majors, Harvard only has 50 and does not accept double majors so this university probably fits people who have a clear decision of what they want to study.
We went around the John Harvard statue, Widener library, Anderson memorial bridge and the building with the oldest computer. Walking around these facilities and areas gave us an image of a school life of a Harvard university student.
– K.K. (H1 boy)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT was one of my “Dream schools”, my ideal school to enter in the future. With their extremely high ranks as the one of the best computer science school in many rankings. Actually seeing their huge campus was something I was most looking forward to in this trip.
A fact that had the biggest impact on me, as an aspect of many colleges of universities we have toured, especially MIT, was their playful idea using high leveled education or ability that they have. A story about a college student turning the windows on a building into Tetris, which is a story that I happened to find during my research about my best interest; computer science, was actually done my MIT student in MIT campus. I knew the story as some kind of myth, not in the mystic way but because of my preoccupied way of thinking that colleges are strict since it's a place to study or research. This trip is actually my second trip to tour the universities, but unlike the last trip I was able to know the fun side of those school, not only about admission or requirements.
One more thing that made MIT special in my memory was that they have a number for all facilities or classroom there, reminded of a school that has only prime number as buildings’ room number. I was able to see how students in MIT get familiar with new knowledge they learn every day. This atmosphere in this school made me curious about everything as if the whole building is talking to me.
This experience motivated my school activity, knowing how happy learning
can be in the future was something that cleared my mind towards my future.
– M.S. (H1 boy)

Hiroo Gakuen Boston Universities Tour 2019

インターナショナル,広報】 12:09:54

インターナショナルコースの希望者を対象にボストンの大学見学を実施しています。その様子をこちらからお伝えします。

1: Hiroo Gakuen Boston Universities Tour 1 (3/15掲載)
2: Hiroo Gakuen Boston Universities Tour 2 (3/15掲載)
3: Hiroo Gakuen Boston Universities Tour 3 (3/15掲載)
4: Hiroo Gakuen Boston Universities Tour 4 (3/18掲載)