23 now. But if I’m 26 before I go home to Japan to find a
job, I’m going to have a very big problem when I get there.”
of work and school is a tough one to strike for any student these
days. And Kenichi Wakui of Japan is finding the balancing act
more difficult than most. “I thought when I came here to
SMC that I could transfer for my last two years,” says Kenichi.
“But circumstances at home are changing, so I may have to
go home and go to work. This is not what I want to do,” he
says, “but my parents hope that I will. And in Japan, the
wishes of your parents can put a lot of pressure on you.”
While Kenichi struggles to find some way to finish his studies
in the US, he also faces some pressures at SMC.
these are ‘good pressures,’” he says with a laugh.
“I have two tests next week, in economics and business, and
they’re tough ones. But they are a good challenge for me,
too. I would like to get my AA degree quickly and then get into
a company that’s trading between the US and Japan. These
two countries have a lot of responsibility in the world right
now,” continues Kenichi. “And they must find a way to
cooperate.” Kenichi reports learning a lot about the subject
of cooperation at SMC.
I first came here, I was so surprised with all the people from
so many countries, including Japan,” he says. “There
is so much opportunity here to deal with many types of people
and learn about their different cultures. I met many people at
SMC who gave me valuable ideas, and maybe we will work together
some day to make a good future. I just hope when I see my parents
again, they will be able to see how much I learned here,”
says Kenichi. “I’ve changed a lot at SMC. And I’ve
done a lot of growing.”