Ken Noguchi, a participant in summer school of SJTU
Students attending the summer school pose for a group photo at the launch ceremony in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. [Photo/sjtu.edu.cn]
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) launched its summer school in late May, inviting more than 300 students from around the world.
The 2019 summer school prepared courses on psychology, mathematics, economics, and other disciplines in June and July.
The university invited professors from renowned universities such as UC Berkeley and College of William and Mary to teach students.
Here is an interview with a participant in the summer school.
Q: Could you introduce yourself briefly?
A: I'm Ken Noguchi, a sophomore at Denison University, econ major and math minor. I'm from Osaka, Japan. I can speak fluent Japanese, English, and intermediate Mandarin and Shanghainese. My hobbies are traveling and playing/watching basketball. I'm a huge fan of the NBA. I'm an outgoing person; I like to hang out with friends during breaks.
Q: Why did you decide to attend SJTU's summer school?
A: First of all, a friend of mine informed me about this summer school, and then I looked at the syllabus and program description and was very interested in taking the philosophy class. Although I want to take a philosophy class at some point before I graduate, it's difficult for me because I have to take so many classes to fulfill my major/minor requirements. Secondly, I'm half Japanese and half Chinese, and I'm currently studying Mandarin at my college. It's also a good opportunity for me to come to China and study both the language and culture by socializing with Chinese people.
Q: What courses did you decide to attend at the summer school and why?
A: Introduction to Philosophy and Public Speaking
Philosophy: I'm more a science person, and I haven't taken any humanities classes such as philosophy until now. I think it's worth stepping outside my comfort zone and learning something I'm totally unfamiliar with.
Public Speaking: as I looked at what classes I could take at the summer school, I found this class. After I finished my freshman year at college, I strongly felt that I needed to improve my public speaking skills. Because we, as college students, have to do many presentations, it's a good idea to know how best to show, inform, and persuade others.
Q: You only have 4-5 weeks at the summer school, have you thought about how you'll make the most of your time here?
A: I do all the assigned readings and use office hours frequently. Since the classes are more intense than classes at my college, I would easily fall behind if I was at all complacent about it.
Japanese student Ken Noguchi (R) takes a picture with his teacher at the summer school. [Photo/sjtu.edu.cn]