Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Education Is .....

On December 5th, 2013, one of the world's greatest people died. He was a person who dedicated almost all his life to fighting against crutial racial discrimination in South Africa, which is calld "apartheid". He was a person who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Who is this great person? Yes, his name is Nelson Mandela.

Now, I would like to introduce one of his quotes to you. Some of you may have heard this; "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Actually, I don't know his purpose of this statement, however, I' m sure that people in many countries, especially in Africa and Asia need more appropriate education. They often cannot go to school because of gender discrimination, poverty, lack of facilities. Their lack of education causes many other problems; illiteracy, difficulty in getting jobs, high rate of child mortality, poverty, and health problems.  We have to solve this problem immediately; otherwise the vicious circle will last forever.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Human Beings Are the Only Intelligent Life in the Universe

Is it true that human beings are the only intelligent life in the universe? Human can speak language and communicate with others, think strategies, learn and remember many things. However, in my opinion, I don't think that human is "the only" intelligent life and I believe that there are many intelligent animals in the world. For example, one of the intelligent animals is crow. Crows have sociality in some degree, often cooperate with others, and communicate with others using their caws. In addition, they do some interesting actions to get their food. Specifically speaking, they drop to crash food that they can't crash with their bills on a hard ground, or they put walnut on a road and wait until a car comes and crashes the shell of the walnut. These actions can be intelligent being. I think that human is "the most" intelligent life in the world, but not "the only" intelligent life.

Friday, April 25, 2014

The University life in ICU

The LLA lecture presented by Dr. Paul Wadden gave me an opportunity to rethink the value of ICU and how I should make my ICU life meaningful and worthful.

I agree with his opinion that ICU offered us many opportunities to both study and do other activities. First, We can acquire wide knowledge through liberal arts education and various skills that are often required in works in the future through activities in whole classes and lots of homework. In addition, we can have many opportunities to deepen relationships with others, like sectionmates and enlarge our horizons, for example, through joining club acivities, taking lessons of pipe organs or going abroad.

To use these opportunities effectively, it is important to create one's own balanced ICU life as soon as possible. Since everyone has different level of physical strength, time spent in commuting, and sterength and weakness of English abilities, therefore to know and understand ourselves is necessary to establish a good ICU life.In my case, although it has passed just a few weeks since I entered the university, I have faced with some difficulties in finishing all homework and keeping good health. I think they are because I don't have much stamina and am faced to have two-hours-long journy to the university. There may be more reasons to be considered. Anyway, because of these reasons, I often become too tired to do a lot of homework and sleepy in lecture type classes. However, I don't want to continue this bad habits and want to take pipe organ lessons. Thus,  I have to get stronger in phisical, improve my weakness of English abilities, and acquire the ability of time management to make my ICU life more meaningful and worthful.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

When it rains, it pours.

When it rains, it pours. This is a proverb, and its meaning is if someone encounters a bad luck, more bad luck will follow. There is a similar Japanese proverb, which is "Nakittsura ni hachi."

Today is the day which is described as "When it rains, it pours." In this morning, I failed to leave home on usual time and wasn't able to catch the appropriate trains, so I was flustrated. When I arrived at Musashi-sakai and touched my Suica to the ticket gate, a buzzar was rang. I asked a station staff for this, he told me that I mistouched at the previous station. Because of this, I missed the appropriate bus. When I arrived at the university, it had just passed 8:50, so I hurried to N-kan where LLA class was held. After I entered N-kan, someone told me that the room was changed and we have to go to a room in Honkan. So, again I hurried to Honkan with the person, went to the 3rd floor, and sat down in the room. In a few minutes, I realized that I was in a wrong room, yes, actually, the room was for stream 4 students! Therefore, I left the room and went to N-kan, but while I was going to the correct room, I noticed that I left my jacket in the wrong room. However, I decided to got to take that after the LLA class.

This is just a part of my bad luck day. Actually, I had more and more bad luck after this experience. Today, I surely understood what the meaning of "When it rains, it pours." was.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

What Is the Perfect Room in Hotel?

What is the perfect room in hotel? I think that the perfect room in hotel should be luxurious, and its atmosphere should be relaxing. The room is large, and it has a bathroom. The color of the room is based on dark brown and ivory. For example, the color of the wall and clothing is ivory, and the colums and furniture is dark brown. In addition, lightning is orange. For this coloring, people can  feel luxurious. On the wall, there are some fine pictures in oils, and by the large window, there are a table and some chairs. Therefore, people can talk with friends, drink coffees, and see beautiful scenery that are freshly green mountains and a lake. This is a hotel room I want to stay at.