Participating in the KCP program was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

Shannon from Summer Short 2015

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

I enjoyed the speech contest, but truthfully, mostly for the skits and performances the classes did. They showed how close all of the students had become to each other, and it was fun to watch.

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

Going to class every day, and the workload, gave me a sense of what living in Japan would be like. I was able to learn Japanese daily, as well as have enough time in the day to study, and explore the country. I think the program itself did not have many uninteresting points, except maybe that classes could run very late into the day during the group session, but I understand how that could not be helped.

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

The teachers. It became very easy to understand difficult points just from going to see my head teacher after class one day to explain the grammar points I missed on a test.

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

Participating in the KCP program was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I met wonderful people, studied hard, and got to go to Japan, which I had been wanting to do since I was in middle school. KCP is a great way to experience daily life in Japan, while advancing your Japanese learning. If you're considering doing KCP, I absolutely recommend it. If you're about to head off to Japan, be prepared to study lots, but also to have the time of your life!

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I would tell everyone thinking of attending KCP to jump in with both feet and go to Japan with an open mind. You never know what you’ll experience next!

—Brittany Crouch