I'm going to Japan for FREE
Lady luck must be watching over me this week. I thought this summer I would be doing a paid internship in Beijing, China. A great chance to get international experience, but all of a sudden everything changed. Two days ago, my materials engineering professor announced that she is looking for 2 students to accompany her and 2 of her Ph.D students to Tokyo this summer for a work/study opportunity in Waseda University. The best part is my university is paying for all the expenses, plane ticket, lodging, food etc. As soon as my professor had her office hours available later that day, I and a fellow engineering student walked right in and told her we were interested. She seemed reluctant since no one else asked her about the opportunity. So she gave us a quick overview of what type research we would be conducting. She then showed us her laboratory where her Ph.D students were working and told us we would be conducting the same experiments in Japan. Right before we ended the tour of the labs, she asked us if we can be interviewed by her Ph.D students to judge us. Long story short, her Ph.D group liked us and right before everything was said and done my professor hands me keys to the laboratories, my own desk, my own computer, and own office space. I couldn't believe she gave me unlimited access to priceless concept machinery and my own office! So in the end, not only was I hoping to get the opportunity to study/work in Japan at a top private school, Waseda University, with one of the best engineering professors in Tokyo, I get my own office, unlimited access to all the labs, and the benefit of taking parts home to build my own engineering projects....man I love my school!
I will be staying for at least a month, but I can extend my stay free of charge. So I'm thinking of staying for 3 months? So from end of April to August.I will be working/studying a arduous schedule, Monday - Friday, early morning to late night. At least my weekends will be free. I will also be staying in the Shinjuku province which I heard is a pretty wealthy area. If all goes well, I might get the chance to land a position at a engineering company there and Tokyo may be my future residence. This is my 1st trip to Japan, so does anybody know any tips, advice, places to go when traveling there? Thanks!
Maybe I should try playing the lottery this week?...haha
Waseda Central library
I'll be staying somewhere around here in the Shinjuku province