Hrag graduated TUJ at the end of summer semester 2015. The interview below was conducted while he was a student and is posted here with some updates.
- Tell us about your major and what you studied at TUJ.
International business. I studied at TUJ from Summer 2011 to Summer 2015.
- Why did you come to TUJ?
I always wanted to come to Japan because my family used to have a trading business whose counterparts were mainly Japanese companies. My intention was to go to a Japanese university and to study mechanical electronic engineering, so that I could better help my family business grow. But I discovered TUJ which I thought would suit me better in terms of international exposure and experiences.
- How did you like your life and study at TUJ?
I arrived in Japan in 2010 when I was 18 years old and I enrolled in TUJ when I was 19. This was a very big change for me. I realized that the environment and the education system were completely different. Living in Japan and studying at TUJ was one of the best experiences in my life. With the great international community TUJ provided and the very interactive education system, I enjoyed communicating with students and teachers every day.
The location of TUJ is very exciting. Because it is in the center of Tokyo, my friends and I were always able to find something new and interesting to do after classes.
- Tell us about the most memorable event at TUJ.
We had many events in TUJ whether organized by TUJ or by the students. However, the most memorable ones would be the events we had within the campus, such as the annual TUJ Film Festival. This was the most memorable event because all of the students gathered in Azabu Hall to enjoy the movies Communication major students produced. After the movies ended, students and teachers talked to each other while enjoying the food they provided.
- Did you encounter any difficulty or issue while at TUJ? If so, then how did you attempt to resolve it?
When I faced some difficulty in financing my education, I found out about the Noddin Scholarship by asking the Academic Advising Center about any scholarships the school provided. I was guided to Dr. Swanland’s office (former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) who introduced me to the Noddin Scholarship. In order to receive the Noddin Scholarship, I sent a letter to the school explaining my situation and the reason I needed the scholarship. The school reviewed my background and informed me by e-mail that I was eligible for the Noddin Scholarship.
- Would you like to deliver any message to Mr. and Mrs. Noddin?
Mr. and Mrs. Noddin helped me get through a very difficult phase of my life. It was very difficult for me to continue my education, however they helped me because they realized I was a student in need of help. I appreciate the hope and help they provided by helping me continue my education. I thank them for the great action they were taking to help students in need. They were not only helping students like me pass through a difficult time, but they also taught us to be giving and helpful to those in need. They were guaranteeing a following generation with similar, helping beliefs as theirs.
- Tell us about your plans after graduation:
I graduated in summer 2015. My dream was to open up an office in Japan to restart our family business. The war which broke out in my home country in 2011 put my family into a very difficult situation, but I am trying my best to carry a hope in future with a power and strength of education I acquired through TUJ. (**Hrag is currently helping his friend’s start-up exporting company and travelling around the world.)