Hayato Miyajima is a Columnist at the Tufts Daily. He is an exchange student from Japan majoring in international relations. Hayato can be reached at [email protected]

Jumbo Exchange: A reflection on study abroad

Time flies. It really does. As of now, I have completed my exchange program in the United States. To be perfectly honest, the past nine months were not all filled with fun and happy memories. Things didn’t always turn out the way I expected. It was not that everything went swimmingly back home, but in hindsight, […]

Jumbo Exchange: Appreciating diversity

The fact that this week is the final week of classes makes me realize that it’s really the end of the semester, which also means the end of my exchange program. The next three weeks are likely to pass quickly because I’m going to be busy writing essays and studying for exams. Besides that, I’m […]

Jumbo Exchange: Capitalism around me

As of today, I count 228 days of staying in the States. Although that seems like a relatively short period of time to judge, I’m starting to understand and feel attached to many aspects of the country. Of them, I’d like to discuss capitalism in the States. When you think of capitalism, the American dream, Wall […]

Jumbo Exchange: School and money

I can’t believe the spring semester will end in about a month. Have you decided your plans for the summer break? Well, I guess that right around now, some people are busy with searching for tickets to travel, and others are busy with finding a job or internship for the summer. If anything, I feel the […]

Jumbo Exchange: Political awareness

Time flies; I can’t believe it is already April — there are now only one and a half months left in my stay here in the States! It might not yet be the time to review my study abroad experience at Tufts, but these days I cannot help but look back a bit, wondering what […]

Jumbo Exchange: Academic life

How was your spring break? I hope you all had a great time and feel recharged for school! Today, I am going to talk about my impression of the academic experience at Tufts as an exchange student. Since I already wrote about classes in my earlier posts, I am going to focus more on schoolwork […]

Jumbo Exchange: Dining experience

What you eat makes who you are. I remember that before coming to the States, I worried about whether or not I could get accustomed to American food. However, at the same time, I was really excited to dive into American food culture, which is obviously largely different from Japan’s. Today, I am going to talk […]

Jumbo Exchange: Residential experience

It is often said “to every bird, his own nest is beautiful.” It might be obvious to many people that what kind of house or room you live in is really important. Your home would be where you can fully relax and perhaps where you spend the most of your time for eating, school work and […]

Jumbo Exchange: Culture shocks

As I mentioned in my last piece, today I am going to talk about culture shocks and social life at Tufts from an exchange student’s perspective. “What is the biggest culture shock you have encountered?” — This is one of the most common questions I have received. Actually, it is fairly hard to describe it. It […]

Jumbo Exchange: Good choice?

One of the questions people ask me a lot is “How do you like Tufts?” Usually, I just answer “I love it!” without a second thought. Today, I am going to ask myself the same question and think about it more deeply, looking back to the days that I have spent here for the last five […]