Q：Could you introduce yourself briefly?
A：I’m Ken Noguchi, a rising sophomore at Denison University, Econ major and math minor. I’m from Osaka, Japan. I can speak fluent Japanese, English, and intermediate Mandarin and Shanghainese. My hobbies are traveling and playing/watching basketball. I’m a huge fan of the NBA. I’m out going person; I like to hang out with friends during breaks.
Q：Why do you come to the summer school of SJTU？
A：First of all, a friend of mine informed me about this summer school, then I looked at the syllabus and program description and I’m very interested in taking philosophy class at this summer school. Although I want to take philosophy class at some point during my college years, it is difficult for me to do it because I have to take many classes as my major/minor requirements. Second, I’m half Japanese and half Chinese, and I’m currently studying Mandarin at my college. It is also a good opportunity for me to come to China and study both language and culture by socializing with Chinese people.
Q：What course do you study in summer school?
Why do you choose these courses?
A：Introduction to Philosophy and Public Speaking
- Philosophy: I’m more a science person, and I haven’t taken humanities class such as Philosophy until now. I think the subject is worth learning: stepping outside what I am focusing now and learn what I have not touched before (mostly the same answer as question 2).
- Public Speaking; as I looked for what classes I take at this summer school, I found this class. After I finished my freshman year at my college, I strongly feel that I need to gain public speaking skills. Because we, college students, have to do many inevitable presentations for classes, it is a good idea to know how I can show, inform, and persuade my opinions/thoughts to audiences.
Q：You only have 4-5 weeks in summer school, do you think how to guarantee the quality of studying and improve your learning efficiency?
A：Do all readings that were assigned and use office hours frequently. Since every class content is denser than our usual classes at our own college, you will be left behind if you do not understand something and you leave it as it is.