17.What discoveries did you have during the first three months on campus?

2013-07-09

This interview is with Ms.A in the first grade of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. 
Her super cute smile is very impressive.  She is the very fresh freshman who just graduated from high school last March. Then… you must be a teenager!  (〃ω〃) Wow
I’m so curious what recent teenagers are doing, thinking etc…
Let’s start the interview into the unknown world!

 

Q: It’s nice to meet you.  Are you from Yamanashi prefecture?

A: Hello, nice to meet you, too.  I’m feeling nervous… (Oh no, me too!)   I came from Shizuoka prefecture which is next to Yamanashi.  I live in an apartment near the campus and walk to school.  My impression of Yamanashi is… hmmm… I wish that trains would come more often (lol)

  

Q: Thank you for taking time for this interview out of your busy schedule!
I heard that your schedule was very tight.  Busy with a part-time job or something?

 A: I’m going to a driving school right now.  It’s still less than a month and I don’t even have a tentative license yet (as of June 13).  I’m doing my best but driving is more difficult than I thought.  I often drive over a curb when making a turn.  But I enjoy the practice!

Besides that, I belong to a few different clubs.  I have a lot to do every day.

 

 

Q:  You are enjoying everything!  How do you like it so far?  Is it similar to what you imagined before?

 A: Honestly speaking, it is totally different from the campus life I used to imagine in high school. (What was your image like?)  I thought I would have more free time for part-time job and playing… but in fact, I spend much more time on studying.  My class timetable is full almost every day and after the classes, more self-study for exams.  In addition, the club activities, the driving school… Now I know that university students are hard workers (lol)

 

Q:  Ha ha ( ´艸`) So you once again realized that the university is a place to study although you already knew that. How is it different from high school??

 A:  Of course, I came to university to study so I want to do my best. In high school, I could deal with almost everything once I had read a textbook.  But in university, you have to set a higher standard.  I often hit a wall when solving problems.  Unlike high school, you need to understand textbook level topics perfectly otherwise you cannot apply them to problems. 

Also, there are different types of instructions to solve problems.
Let’s say, you have to solve a mathematical problem.  Even if you know another method to solve it, you are often required to use a particular method such as the Maclaurin expansion, the l’Hospital’s Rule and whatever depending on each problem.  To cope with such problems, you have to have mastered those rules well enough to apply it to each case.  It’s really hard… (tears) (Say it again?  Tropical something??  I’m not a science person at all and cannot even catch the name of those rules  ( ノω-、) (tears)

I study a lot every day!

 

Q: I guess, for many women, “civil engineering” is often associated with “heavy physical work.”  Is that true?

 A: Civil engineering covers various fields.  Landscape planning, transportation planning, and their economic impact are examples of those various fields.  Civil engineering study also includes water quality and environment conservation and environment-conscious energy consumption.

 

I’m interested in environment conservation and want to study environmentally-friendly energy.  So, that typical masculine image cannot be applied to everything in civil engineering.  There are many women who are playing active roles.

 

Q: Is it mostly inherited ability to be good at science or humanity?  Or does it depend on how you grew up?  Otherwise, are there any other special factors? 

A: Hmmm…  I don’t know (lol)  I guess some people have science-oriented brains^^
Thinking about myself, my parents majored in science and so did my elder sister.  Also, my grandfather used to teach biology and chemistry at high school and he often taught me science, too.  Science was always around me and I just came along the way in front of me.  My grandfather once taught me how to cut out only the veins of a leaf.  It’s a fun memory.

 Talking about something special, I had an independent research and presentation homework in science class in the 9th grade.  That happened to be the same time as a bread called “Euglena Bread” was on sale for a limited period of time. (Euglena… Do you mean real euglena?? (・∀・;)) Yes, real euglena!  I was also surprised at first and got interested in it very much.  So I chose euglena and started my research for presentation.
I understood that euglena is a microorganism that consists of various kinds of nutrient.

 

They can grow up only with sunlight, CO2 and water.  Moreover, euglena’s body has fat and we can generate  fuel for a jet plane from that kind of fat extract. Σ(Д゚;/)/…Oh my god!
I was so surprised to know the real power of euglena.  They can grow in a poor environment and  produce material for fuel.  How can you imagine that from what they look like? Maybe since then, my interest was shifting to the direction of science unknowingly.

 

 

We are truely surprised at what she talked about Civil engineering fields and even euglena’s real power!
We would like to ask her about her plan, a summer event for junior high and high school, in summer vacation for next eddition.

Stay tuned!