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Overall, I really enjoyed the program!

Kelly from Summer Short 2015

Which events or activities did you find the most satisfying and why?

I really enjoyed going to Yamanashi, as it's something I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise.

What were the most productive and interesting aspects of the program for you? The least interesting and productive?

Being able to study entirely in Japanese was initially worrisome to me, but I quickly learned that it probably helped me the most, and I'm very grateful for it. I'm also thankful for the variety of resources offered by KCP!

What activities or materials did you find most helpful (e.g., pair work, drill practice, tests, small group sessions, textbooks, games)?

Practicing in pairs was beneficial, but I'm also really glad that the textbooks are so nice.

Were you pleased with the general living arrangements? Anything you especially liked? Any problems you experienced?

Overall, the dorm's rules were a little stricter than I expected, but they weren't difficult to keep. Mr. and Mrs. Ueda and all of the other staff are friendly and helpful, and I always feel like I'm in a safe environment. As for specifics, I'm really glad that each room had a refrigerator!

Any further thoughts or tips for those considering the program or new KCP students?

It really is a difficult program, and studying hard won't always get you good grades in return. I've found myself struggling with grades even after studying for hours each day, and it can be really discouraging. Always retake tests when given the option. However, if you're willing to put in the time and learn, KCP will help you improve! Don't be afraid to make mistakes, and learn as many things as you can by talking to as many people as possible. Your teachers really do want you to do well.

Any other comments or suggestions?

Overall, I really enjoyed the program! I'm very thankful to have been a part of it, and I'd definitely recommend it to serious students. Thank you so much for the valuable opportunity!

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KCP is a really great program and I would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about studying Japanese in Tokyo. Although intense the sense of achievement by the end of just two and a half months is huge.

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