David Constas '13

Living in the Japanese Theme House

This year I had the privilege of joining the Japanese Language and Culture Theme House. My housemates and I share a common interest in the culture and language of Japan along with a community spirit that has brought us together. We welcome Japanese majors and minors, as well as non majors that have an interest in living with us. The Japanese Theme House has been around for over five years and we have a Japanese-themed event every semester. In the Fall, we have our Otsukimi or Moon Viewing party, complete with a Halloween costume contest and karaoke. In the Spring, we have our Hanami or Flower Viewing party, where we celebrate spring with Japanese food, music, and games.

For me as a Japanese major, living in the company of other majors is a huge advantage. I can consult with those with higher skill levels than me and I can also help those who are below me. Because we can use each other to study, we all can become more proficient in the language we love. We come together to work on more than just Japanese though. I can often find a housemate who has taken a class before me who can offer insight into a problem I may be having concerning the course. To me this kind of campus life is the best. I live, study, and laugh with my closest friends and classmates.


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