Saturday, December 09, 2006

一生懸命, isshoukenmei, trying really really hard/desperetly.

My program said OK to the extension, my host family said OK to the extension, my school said OK to the extension. Wait! No they didnt! My school doesn't want to give me the extension. I talked with my teacher, and started crying (not balling, just having tears roll down my face) in the hall of school. He said he doesn't see why I want to stay, he says I need a purpose. I said I wanted to learn. He was then very rude and was like 'well you sure arent trying. like in my math class, your body is there, but that is it'. He said that my relationships with my classmates wasnt good. Thats not my fault, they study 24/7. I dont do as well in the class as my classmates. No shit, Im not Japanese, I wasnt brought up here and I entered midcurriculum so I dont really know what is going on. I cant read and write as well as my classmates. No shit, I have only been studying Japanese for about a quarter of my life whereas they have their entire life.
Its preposterous!

This week I am going to try 一生懸命 to find a purpose. Instead of studying for finals, which started today.

頑張ります!!!

Peter

3 Comments:

At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Nan said...

Man. They don't make it easy. Such a big difference. You MUST comply. Some "exchange" programs really involve exchange. Apparently not this one. Can I be pissed-off FOR you?

Have you ever seen Southpark? If so, you'll understand that I'm saying, in Eric Cartman's voice, "I'm gonna kick 'em in the nuts!". Peter, you are a stud. Tell me where this $^&@* lives, & I'll go to his house & kick 'em in the nuts. Jeez. This reminds me of this Orson Scott Card book I'm reading called Treason. Sci-Fi junk, but this exile is out of his element in another culture, but not really trying to learn of the culture, just looking at it from the outside thinking of ways he can impose his "better" culture on theirs & take over. I'm guessing if your teacher came here, he'd be that guy. I know YOU aren't doing that, & you're trying to learn, be open, be enriched. You're in the minority. Yep, I'd say you are. And you're a stud for sticking it out & not be willing to just chuck it & say "screw you guys". I don't know that I could do what you're doing. Cold comfort, I'm sure. But I'll repeat my offer to go kick him in the nuts. And all his unhelpful pals, too! I have big gaijin feet, too.

Yours in political incorrectness,
N

 
At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Nan said...

Man. They don't make it easy. Such a big difference. You MUST comply. Some "exchange" programs really involve exchange. Apparently not this one. Can I be pissed-off FOR you?

Have you ever seen Southpark? If so, you'll understand that I'm saying, in Eric Cartman's voice, "I'm gonna kick 'em in the nuts!". Peter, you are a stud. Tell me where this $^&@* lives, & I'll go to his house & kick 'em in the nuts. Jeez. This reminds me of this Orson Scott Card book I'm reading called Treason. Sci-Fi junk, but this exile is out of his element in another culture, but not really trying to learn of the culture, just looking at it from the outside thinking of ways he can impose his "better" culture on theirs & take over. I'm guessing if your teacher came here, he'd be that guy. I know YOU aren't doing that, & you're trying to learn, be open, be enriched. You're in the minority. Yep, I'd say you are. And you're a stud for sticking it out & not be willing to just chuck it & say "screw you guys". I don't know that I could do what you're doing. Cold comfort, I'm sure. But I'll repeat my offer to go kick him in the nuts. And all his unhelpful pals, too! I have big gaijin feet, too.

Yours in political incorrectness,
N

 
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