Koki OTA giving a speech on "About Us at the Turning Point"

P5 Session #01のトピックは、”About Us at the Turning Point”(岐路に立つ私たち)です。入学と卒業の中間地点に立つスポ健3回生の学生たちが、自分たちの「これまで」と「これから」を英語で語ります。

本自主ゼミの代表者である Koki OTA 君(スポーツ健康科学部3回生)による英語プレゼンテーションです。


Hi, I'm Koki OTA. I'm now a third year at Sports Health & Science of Ritsumeikan University. I’m very fortunate that I've been able to learn English from great teachers, and we can start our P5 session from today. And today, I'm going to tell you three stories; my past, present, and future. That's it. Now let's get started.

The first story is about my past. I was a student of Ritsumeikan Uji High School, and I had done nothing but soccer, because my school was affiliated with Ritsumeikan University.

Over the past two years, I've comprehensively studied not only the basis of sports health & science, but business, sports management, marketing, and something like that. The educational qualities here are pretty high and professors are all amazing and friendly, so it’s really beautiful environment for students to study. But at that time, I was a tragically lazy student. I didn't have no clear vision for the future. I didn't understand what to do. And I had no idea how important this everyday life at the university is. I’m absolutely sure I was an asshole. Really.

My second story is about me at the present. Now I need to face the truth that I’m standing at the turning point, which is between the university and the society. I’ve been studying in sports management course and Prof. Yamaura's seminar, where I can learn management, leadership, psychology, or science of motivation. I like that kind of study. But in this very hard time in getting job for new graduates, many people say that what kind of fool would get a degree in a subject with no clear job prospects. You agree that? I'll prove that you're wrong.

A couple weeks ago, I happened to find an article related to my major on Washington Post. It says, Silicon Valley needs humanities students. Yeah that's good news for me. What I've been learning now are not a waste of time, so I've been focusing on studying more than ever, of course, including, of course, English, and trying to keep myself meaningfully busy as possible. Now I'm not an asshole anymore.

My third story is about my future, the plan after university. We have a lot of career options after we graduate. Going to graduate schools? Getting out of Japan? Or getting job with companies? I’ve been wondering whether I should go abroad because every professor I consulted with told me the same thing. They said, "Go. Just get out of Japan." Yeah I’m planning to go Seattle this summer, but so far, I’m probably going to start job-hunting from this fall.
I have a desire to have a vital role in innovating the social world with technology and my major. I know my dream is still up in the air and hard to achieve, but I believe “failure is an option, but fear is not”. This is what James Cameron said in his TED Talks in 2010. I love that talk. We have to take risk.

And lastly, let me show you another quote from TED speaker. Nancy Duarte, who is an expert in presentation design, made an inspiring presentation about the secret structure of great talks. And here’s what I love, "The future isn't place that we're gonna go. It's the place that you get create." It’s nothing special, but it matters most to our life. I have always wished that for myself, because the future is up to us as individuals to take control and responsibility for the type of lives that we want to lead.

Thank you.