CELOP Alumni: Where are They Now? Sachino Taki, Japan
- What is your name?
- Where are you from?
- Where do you live now?
- When and for how long did you study at CELOP?
September 2014 to December 2014
- Why did you choose CELOP?
I wanted to study in Boston since Boston is well known as an academic city where many prestigious universities are integrated. My friend who studied at BU strongly recommended me to study at BU because of the great environment and the diversity. Studying at CELOP for half a year was included as an exchange program between Waseda University and Boston University to prepare studying at the classes in BU.
- What were some of the things you liked most about CELOP? Do you have a favorite memory?
The best part I liked about CELOP was that I got to know people from all over the world and from different ages. For example, people from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, the countries, which I have never met in my life as well as people from China, Korea, the close countries from Japan. Also I met people of different ages from me. Some people were still high school students preparing for their dream universities in the US, and others were older people than me who already experienced working and even married couple attending the class together. This diversity has broadened my world.
- In what ways did CELOP help you prepare for what you are doing now?
CELOP help me prepare for communicating with people from various back ground. My organization is global and we have more than 70 overseas offices and 40 domestic offices. To organize an event abroad, I have to communicate with many different people such as staff at my domestic and oversea offices, local government and speakers from foreign companies. I have to be a good communicator to carry out the project smoothly. The most important thing that I learned at CELOP is to listen to others with respect even if the way of thinking is different from yours and to express your own idea. The only way to make good relationship with others is to have good communication by respecting each other.
- Where did you attend college? What was your major and when did you graduate?
It was a 1 year exchange program so after I studied at CELOP for half a year, I took some classes from CAS and MET at BU. After I finished my 1 year program, I went back to Japan and graduated from Waseda University in 2015. I was majoring Media Communication and had strong interest in Public Relations.
- Where are you working now?
I work for a governmental organization based in Japan. My organization helps to promote mutual trading and investment between Japan and foreign countries.
- Tell us about what you do for your job.
I am in Invest Japan Department and my job is to promote Japan as an investment destination for foreign companies. We promote the attraction of doing business in Japan by organizing Invest Japan Seminars abroad and by creating PR materials. I was in charge of revising PR brochures and also wrote many articles based on interview to CEO of foreign companies who successfully expanded their business in Japan. Also I went on business trips to Korea, Taiwan and India so far to organize events to send a message that Japan is welcoming foreign companies.
- What was your favorite thing to do in Boston?
I just simply enjoyed studying with my friends at a library or at a study room in my dorm. College environment in the US was so different from Japan. Many college students in Japan commute from their hometown even if it’s far away from their college instead of staying in a dorm near college and I was also the student who commutes from my hometown, taking about 4 hours for round trip. Therefore I was surprised with the perfect environment for college students here such as confortable dorms, cafeterias, gym, hospitals etc…
Also I loved walking the city especially Newbury Street where there are many shopping places and my favorite cupcake shop. I enjoyed taking a lot of pretty photos in Boston. Public garden and Boston Common are my favorite places to chill out and I cannot forget that I had photo-shooting there with my best friends.
- What was your favorite restaurant in Boston?
A seafood restaurant called “No Name Restaurant”. My mentor, who is a president of Japanese community in Boston took me there to welcome me with a huge LOBSTER when I arrived at Boston. Since we had a great conversation and the foods and the atmosphere of the restaurant was amazing, this restaurant became an unforgettable place for me. When I saw the photos of John F. Kennedy at the restaurant, I felt the history and good reputation of the restaurant.
- What would you tell someone who is thinking about studying at CELOP but is unsure?
CELOP is the best place for not only to improve your English but also to get to know people from all over the world. Teachers and coordinators at CELOP were very kind and supportive. Without studying at CELOP, I couldn’t achieve what I have now.