Koake KUMAI giving a speech on “Being a College Student: Myths and Facts”

P5 Session #02のトピックは、”Being a College Student: Myths and Facts”(大学生であることの理想と現実)です。スポ健2回生の学生たちが、入学前に考えていた大学生の姿と、実際の大学生である自分たちの姿を英語で語ります。

Koake KUMAI さん(スポーツ健康科学部2回生)によるスピーチです。


Good evening everyone.

My name is Koake Kumai and I’m the second year student at Sports and Health Science College. Before I begin my presentation, I would like to thank Mr. Kimura, Mr. Yamamoto and Mr. Ota for setting up this session of P5. I would like to talk about my myths and facts of being a college student.

While I was thinking about what to talk during this presentation, it reminded me of the fears, worries and excitements that I felt before entering this university. Today, I would like to talk about two of the worries that I had at the beginning of my college life.

When I was getting ready to begin my college life, there was one thing that came to my mind that worried me. Simply, I didn’t know what to wear. Because I was not used to choosing what to wear at university, since I used to wear uniform at high school. Everyone wears pretty, fashionable clothes, but I prefer to wear… just like this… like sweatpants and t-shirts. I like it and it’s just my style.

When I actually entered this university, I saw many of the Sports and Health Science students wearing sweatpants and t-shirts. I’m not only talking about the boys, but also the girls too. So, it didn’t seem so hideous of myself walking around the campus wearing sweatpants and t-shirts. So that was all sorted.

Secondly from an academic point of view, I was afraid that my English skill will go down. I came from Ritsumeikan Uji High School and there I was in SEL course, which stands for Super English Language. It is a class where you can learn the subjects in English. So every day, I was speaking English in some sort of ways. Also, before I entered Uji High School, I used to study in the UK for six years. So, I was surrounded by the good environment to study English language skills.

After all these years of studying English and then thinking about myself entering this university, I thought I would lose my English. But now that I entered, I realized that this college pays special attention to the English language skills. We have loads of homework including presentations and writing. We even have Internet homework and have the opportunity to take TOEIC exams. So I think the amount of homeworks that I get at this university is more than I used to get at high school.

Also, another way that I found to keep my English skill is to make friends with foreign students. This wasn’t too hard for me, because I like talking to them and I can actually go and talk to them without any hesitation. I made five foreign friends already; two American, two French and one German. Some has already gone back to their country, but I still keep in touch with them through Facebook. This is my favorite quote.

So, these are the two main worries I had before entering this college and how I felt afterwards. And of course there are more fears and worries. But there is one thing that I realized throughout this experience. The key to change is to let go of fear. Just try out something new and you’ll be fine. Like I’m nearly done with this presentation and I’m feeling kind of okay now. I’m sorry about my presentation not going well today, but that s it. Thank you for listening.