This is the latter half of an interview with “Ms. M” in the second year of her master’s course in Bioengineering at the Graduate School of Medical and Engineering Science, Department of Education, the University of Yamanashi.
This time I ask about her campus life!
●Ms. M, you are from the Department of Education and Human Sciences. How was your daily life when you were an undergraduate student?
When I was a high-school student, I had an impression that the university students were amusing themselves with many things, but as for myself, I’ve been busy after becoming a university student, and I don’t remember “amusing myself” so much. One of the reasons was that although my course in Soft Science was a so-called “zero-license course” (Acquisition of a teacher’s license is not included in the graduation requirements), I acquired the license to be a middle/high school teacher.
● You must have worked hard～Wasn’t it difficult?
I think it was. But I had friends in the same class who also aspired to get the license, so I was able to hold out for it. We grew through friendly competition, encouraging one another. All of them accomplished that dream, isn’t it nice?♪ Even now their existence encourages me, making me remember that the dream will come true and I can make it happen. One of them once said, which I cannot forget, “Don’t mind the bad things. You are tougher than them.” (lol) I was lucky too, to have met these friends.
● Ms. M is a wonderful person who always has a feeling of gratitude♪ Asking a question like this may not be nice but, on the contrary, haven’t you ever suffered setbacks or failures?
Setbacks? Failures? Umm…I’m not a kind of person who worries seriously or regrets often, and maybe I haven’t noticed my failures (lol). I must have made failures, actually. But I can’t remember any failures I can describe. I’ve been really lucky with many things. As I have said, I learned positive thinking from my friends, and learned various proverbs and philosophies from Dr. Naganuma. I think I have developed the attitude of not bothering myself with past failures, thanks to the people I have met.
●You are really wonderful♪（(The second time I said this today!)
Was it rewarding that you have worked hard to get the teacher’s license in the “zero-license course”?
In fact, I teach biology at a high school.
●Really?! Are you a high-school teacher?!
Yes, I am. I work only two days a week as a part-time teacher, though. It so happened that at my old school there was a vacancy for a science teacher, and they invited me to help them, knowing that I had got the license. I was lucky with this too. I feel rewarded by being able to utilize the newly acquired license so soon. I’m still in a trial-and-error process, but I enjoy teaching high-school students, whose age is not much different from mine.
I also have some opportunities to accompany Dr. Naganuma when he gives a delivery lecture at high schools in this prefecture.
The students may feel close to you because you obviously enjoy the class and the experiment. I think there will be more students interested in biology. (Then it leads to an increase of female students’ advancement rate in science courses, which is a welcomed effect for our Support Office, too.♪ Is it too greedy to say that our office will be happy if more female students set out to be researchers!)! Are you planning to seek out research?
Well, I haven’t pictured a definite image of my future, but for the time being, I want to take on a research job. I’m not yet sure if the work will be for a university, or for a company.
I like the sense of achievement when a hypothesis is proven, and the moment of encountering an unexpected (accidental) product. I like the times when I’m concentrating on my minor experiments, or when I become “nothing”, I like that condition, too (lol).
In experiments, I often have regrets such as “I should have measured these points, too. At such times I consult Dr. Naganuma about the plan of the experiment, and he brings up many ideas and hints from various points of view. It’s true to his reputation, and “awesome” is the word for it. I know I can’t even begin to compete with him, but being surrounded by many proverbs and maxims posted in the laboratory, I’m hoping to be as close as possible to a researcher like him.
Well, no. People would say to me “You don’t complain so much.” How did you know that?!
●I know the things in common with nice people♪ She is really fantastic. I’m looking forward to her brilliant future! Thank you very much for a pleasant time today!