Take the leap

We leave in a week. Its hard to believe I’m going at all. It doesn’t really set in fully before you go, like some part of your mind is waiting for you to wake up, like its some trick your brain decided to play. But as you pack your bags you realize its no joke, you’re going. You’re going far.

Its an exciting thought to be living on the opposite side of the world. All it takes is a little paperwork. It seems much harder than it is, everything so far especially the visa has been straightforward. I’ve made the journey before, all 14 hours of it. Its not as bad as you’d think, and it is completely worth the result. Japan is one of the most unique places you can visit and I can’t wait to return for this experience of a lifetime. So if you’re reading this and trying to decide if you should go, take the leap, it’ll be well worth it.

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Hello, my name is Joseph Kattou, I am a second year student in SUNY New Paltz with a major in Art and a minor in Asian Studies. I have applied to the study abroad program in Meiji University located in Tokyo, Japan. I aspire to be a props and costume designer once I graduate, and through the rich cultural oppertunites abroad coupled with my passion for arts and culture, I can help make that dream a reality.

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