I’m Juuso Myller, a 22-year-old and I am from Finland. I live in the city of Joensuu near the Russian border with my fiancée and we are both students in the University of Eastern Finland. At the moment I’m studying for a bachelor’s degree in English language and culture and my minor subjects are Japanese language and Teacher studies.
I was introduced to Japan and Japanese culture by anime and manga (big surprise) thanks to a friend of mine. From there I grew more interested in the culture in a more broad sense and I also started studying the language once I got into the University. Soon I became more and more interested in actually going to Japan and experiencing it in person. And then there came the amazing Mr. Nishimura and suddenly I was a participant in World Campus Japan 2015 program, going to Japan for real! After the program, I decided to come back and thankfully got to do so as a program counselor.
As a person who hasn’t really traveled that much (I’ve never been abroad for more than a few days before WCJ) WCJ was a perfect first experience. Granted, it’s not a ”traditional” trip nor a holiday in any sense, but the amount of amazing experiences I got to have, all the great people I got to meet and make friends with and the extremely well-organized program really made the experience one I would and will gladly recommend for anyone. True, the schedule was a little tight given everything we had to do in just three short weeks, but given the wide variety of incredible experiences we had and places we visited it was definitely worth it. And the best aspect of the program is the fact that you can enjoy it to the fullest even if you didn’t know the language. The program operates in English so lack of know-how of Japanese is not an issue at all.
So! Let’s enjoy the ride to ’till the very end and make friends and memories along the way, am I right? If at any stage you have anything to ask we – the program counselors – are here to help and guide you through the tricky bits. So come, experience, get friends and enjoy.
See you all in Japan!
Juuso Myller (Finland)