Japanese Level at Admission / N1
Q. What kind of career path did you take after graduating from TCJ? Also, please tell us the reason why you chose your career path.
My dream is to become a professional economist in the future. That is why after graduating from TCJ, I entered the Graduate School of Economics at the University of Tokyo.

Since high school, I have always wanted to study at the University of Tokyo. At that time, I didn't want to be a researcher, I just wanted to improve my academic ability. After graduating from university, I noticed that I was have a strong interested in the field of economics, so I decided to come to Japan to pursue graduate school.

After entering TCJ, we had an event to write our own wishes on a tanabata paper. At that time, I wrote "I wish to be accepted to the University of Tokyo" on a strip of paper. After that, I spent two years at TCJ, prepared for getting into the graduate school of the University of Tokyo, and I acquired a lot of knowledge about not only Japanese language but also the knowledge needed to get into graduate school. I think I was lucky as I was finally made my dream come true.
Q. What are your goals and dreams for the future? Please be as specific as possible.
I am currently a first-year master's student, and I realize that graduate school classes and research are 100 times harder than I imagined. However, I still want to work hard and go on to a doctoral program and become a professional researcher.

If I have the opportunity, I would like to enter a doctoral program at a Western university. I am very interested in the field of behavioral economics. It may sounds like a big dream, but I want to learn the behavioral economics first, then create my own original field, and wish that 100 years later, I could be known as the "Father of xx Economics" or something like that.
Q. Please give some advice to students who will join TCJ in the future and current students based on your experience.
I could say that TCJ's graduate course is very focused on improving communication skills.

Even if you get a perfect score on JLPT N1, as long as you are a foreigner, there is still a cultural barrier for sure. I would like to encourage everyone to cherish your studies at TCJ because there will be no one to point out your mistakes after you graduate.

Regarding graduate school entrance exam, I don't think it is much difficult compared with the one in China. You can definitely do it if you work hard. Don't miss your chance to go to graduate school in Japan!
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