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.
After graduating from TCJ, I was going to extend my visa at a specialized school and then take the graduate school entrance exam in the fall of 2021. I came to Japan before I had memorized all of the fifty-note charts, and at that time, I naively thought that if I was in Japan, it would be a sure thing that I would become better at Japanese, but the ideal was full of reality. During my year and a half at TCJ, I studied Japanese with the help of my school's Japanese teacher, starting with the pronunciation of Kana, and I was lucky enough to pass the N1 in December 2020, and I decided to take the entrance exam in order not to have any regrets, since I was qualified to take the examination at my dream school.
Q. What are your goals and dreams for the future? Please be as specific as possible.
As for my future plans, in the short term, I want to prepare well for my exams and then qualify for my dream school. After I successfully enter the school, I will study well and do research seriously to find out whether I am suitable for this path of research or not. If it is suitable, I will continue to study for my PhD and then return to China after graduation to do research in public economics, which I am interested in. On the contrary, if it is not suitable, I will prepare for the CFA exam in my second year of study, try to pass it as soon as possible, and then go back to China to work in consulting or investment.
Q. Please give some advice to students who will join TCJ in the future and current students based on your experience.
TCJ will divide classes according to Japanese level at the time of admission, but even if you are assigned to the most junior class, don't give up and believe that after working hard, you will pass N1 just like the students before you! Make your own study plan and move forward one by one.
If you pass the exam, you will be able to do so. If you feel that your Japanese is not that good, you can work more jobs that are helpful to Japanese, and your listening level will go up. Another thing is, although it is troublesome, when you meet the words and grammar that you don't know, you should look it up immediately, write it down in your notebook on your phone, and most importantly, you should review it in time. Don't be anxious, quietly can certainly pass, to believe in yourself. The teachers at the school are very responsible, and then TCJ is also a school that focuses on further education.
You can learn Japanese well with the teachers. (I'm sorry, but I'm talking like a passer here even though I didn't pass 😂)
I was impressed by the fact that there were more opportunities to "talk" in TCJ classes. Even a relatively introverted person like me can slowly speak up in class, which is very helpful for our confidence. The teacher also often told us that we should speak Japanese more often in the language school, because if you make a mistake, the teacher will correct you immediately, and there will be no one to correct you after you graduate.