This interview is with Ms. M who is aiming at becoming a science teacher in the faculty of Education and Human Science. Let’s start the continuation.♪
＜Faculty of Education and Human Science＞http://www.edu.yamanashi.ac.jp/
・There’s a corner in our Support Office where the guests leave their “Heart-twinging words” on the wall. What did you write?
・･･････I’m afraid I don’t understand you. Could you please tell me the twinging point of something called “T-cell”?
Simply put, it is a cell related to immunity, and is regarded as one of the factors that determine the life-span in association with the recognition of auto/non-auto immunity. It is a kind of lymph corpuscle, a cellular population which works as a commander of immunological response. In the human body, T-cells fight against foreign subjects. They are also working right now in your own body. Isn’t it exciting? What do you think? When thinking of the cells fighting in the micro-cosmos to defend your body with all their might, don’t you feel your heart twinging?
・（Overwhelmed a little）Yeah…yes. You were so grateful for the cells and got all the more involved in biology, right? Now, what is the most enjoyable course for you?
There are many♪ In biological experiments, we do anatomy and sketching. Actually we do sketching in the study of biology. It is a little difficult but is very enjoyable to draw things in minute details following the images that you see. I also enjoyed DNA extraction, gene analysis. The study of statistics and analysis by marking-and-recapture method was very useful. In the outdoor biological practice, we went to the seaside, and did maritime practice. We observed marine plants using microscopes and sketched them until midnight very intensely. That was hard practice but very enjoyable and fulfilling.
・You’ve really got involved in the field of biology (^^) Meanwhile, you started to write Tanka poems when you were in high school, didn’t you?
Yes, I did!！An advisor of the school’s literature club taught us how to write them. I soon got fascinated by the feeling of expressing sceneries and emotions in a limited number of syllables! Since then I’ve been writing Tanka. Now I belong to an intercollegiate circle “Yamanashi Gakusei Tanka-kai” (Nashitan, for short) which is endorsed by the University of Yamanashi.
・You are also active there! Tanka writers in the science field are very rare, aren’t they?
Actually, there is a famous Tanka writer in Japan who is a professor of cell biology. He is one of the Tanka writers whom I really respect. Happily enough, my Tanka caught his eye last year! I was so moved! I’ve been trying to express what I feel including biological expressions, and I was really glad to hear his comment on my work saying “This tanka couldn’t have been made if the writer had not been in the field of science.”
・If the writer had not been Ms. M!
With study and with pursuit, Ms. M’s is having a really fulfilled life.
Do you have any challenges for the future?
From the third year, practical teaching starts. So, whether I can actually teach in a class in front of pupils is my current problem. I’m trying not to get nervous.
・We don’t want teachers who are nervous! I’m a little worried, but I’ll cheer for you!
You know what…, I have more guts than meets the eye, so you don’t need to worry…(lol) However, thank you for your encouragement. I’ll do my best.