Immersed in Asia
As an East Asian Studies/Japanese Studies double major, one can expect to be taking a relatively large proportion of Asian studies classes. Of course I know this intellectually, but somehow I forgot just how much overload 4 Asian studies classes can be. I've done this before - first semester last year in fact - but then I added Shakespeare last semester to spice things up. (Strangely enough, Shakespeare has a lot in common with... Gah! Asia, stay out of Shakespeare!) This semester though, it's all Asia, all the time, with Chinese and Japanese literature, Japanese language, and a survey of East Asian history. Not surprisingly, I find Asia even taking over my artistic life. Chinese Ghost and Love Stories prodded me to write a screenplay, and now East Asian Survey (the History course) is demanding I paint a shy, retiring Geisha peering coyly over her shoulder under a cherry blossom tree, yes, that specific.
Anyway. The point is that I am fully immersed in soaking up what I came to soak up and I'm doing what I came to do. Unrelated artistic urges notwithstanding (don't think that's a word). On a semi-relevant note, after trials, disappointments and a rekindling of hope, I am going to Japan next semester! Last year, after being informed our trip Fall semester 2011 (hint, this semester) would not be occurring, I was devastated. The IPO kindly gave us the option of staying on the list for Japan spring semester if it opened up, but also applying to another program. I chose New Zealand, and am a little sad I won't be going, but hey, it's Japan.
The application process a second time around wasn't nearly as stressful as I thought it might be. Not that I didn't have moments of potential freakout, but hey, I'd gotten in once. Still no word on if I've gotten in again, not that it matters. If Japan's an option I will always take it.