Conohana of the month January edition (Part2)
The interview continues with Prof. Yasue Kobayashi from the Maternity nursing/midwifery course(母性看護・助産学) in the Faculty of Medicine. Prof. Kobayashi lectured onJuly 19th, 2013 in the course titled “Career Development for Science Major Women.”
● You already told me that you chose the midwife curriculum at the nursing college casually and became a midwife without a strong intention. After that, how did you become a university professor from a midwife?
After graduating college, I worked at a hospital as a midwife for seven years. Many nursing colleges were established inJapanat that time. In a trend of the time, a position was offered to me. I worked for a nursing college in Hyogo prefecture for four years as a teaching assistant.
● You sound like it was an easy change but it seems to take a lot of courage to change jobs after working for one place for seven years.
Well, hmmm, just a bit of courage (lol) I was actually more interested in outpatient nursing at that time, on the other hand, I had no idea about becoming a teacher. So I was simply surprised to receive such an offer.
But I gradually changed my mind and decided to try the brand new idea that I didn’t have.
● I didn’t expect such a story! But I assume that you fit the role… oops, I’m repeating myself! It seems like something was guiding you.
I agree (lol) It’s not that I was setting a target or that I aimed for something, but something took me to the next position before I knew it.
● After that, how did you become a professor at the University of Yamanashi?
After the four years as a teaching assistant, I entered the master’s course and graduated. After I got the master’s degree, I worked at a prefectural nursing college in Yamanashi as a lecturer, then worked at theUniversityofYamanashias an assistant professor while I was going to the doctor’s course inTokyo. I became a professor at theUniversityofYamanashiat the time that I got the doctor’s degree.
● Were you working as teaching assistant and studying in the doctor’s course at the same time?!
Yes, I was. I was teaching at theUniversityofYamanashi, both lectures and exercise programs, and going to school inTokyo. It actually took five years to finish the doctor’s degree. It was a very hard time especially doing course works and submitting a thesis. But there were good friends who helped and encouraged me always and I managed to finish everything. It was the time that I most felt the importance of having good friends.
● It’s important to have somebody who supports you mentally. What a beautiful story♪ You have been teaching for a long time since you became a teaching assistant. What is your thought about the teaching job?
I came to think about the difference between “fate and destiny” but it is not a difficult philosophy or anything(lol) My “fate” seems to be “passing something on to people and developing people.” My “destiny” seems to be “a professor.” Probably (shy）
● That’s a beautiful thought♪ The way you became a professor seems to be predestined. What is your future goal?
My goal is always to “face the present” but it’s difficult to work hard for what I can do right now! I always wonder if it’s my full power. I ask myself if I am really doing everything I can. It’s my eternal theme!
A message, let’s see. I don’t have anything special to tell to young people but maybe I could give advice by looking back on my own life, “don’t go against and follow the way in front of you.” Talking from my own experience, I have somehow reached the current position as a result of walking in the direction indicated each time. Sometimes there is a way that you need to push with a strong will. But there is also another way not to be resistant and naturally take a way that lies in front of you.
● That’s a very unique message from someone who is guided by something! Thank you for your time for the interview!
By the way, Ms. Kobayashi, well, I have been wanting to ask one more question.
Please go ahead.
● I added up the number of years in your career history but you look much younger than my calculation.
What? My age? I became 50 this year (^^) I always look younger and sometimes it’s a problem (lol)
● What a surprise!!! What makes you look so young?!
There is no secret. I don’t take any special care of my skin at all.
Oh, so my secret to stay young is “taking no special care” (lol) and healing from my lovely dog “Kokoro”♪