Weekly Update: Showa Summer Party

On July 19th Showa Boston held a summer party with over 250 Showa students and guests in attendance. We welcomed 71 guests comprising of students from neighboring universities such as Harvard, MIT, Boston University, and Boston College, and foreign students from language schools including FLS and CELOP.  Americans leaving for Japan on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program also attended.

The event was a fusion of Japanese and American cultures with tanabata and suikawari events combined with American summer games such as an inflatable maze, volleyball, hoola-hoop, and others.

Our SODEXO cafeteria staff did a phenomenal job preparing not only American BBQ food, but also kakigori.

We’re so grateful to our American and international friends who came that day, and we only hope that they had as much fun as we did.


こんにちはWing 7です!



そのなかで私は日曜日に、Common Wealthという場所で行われていた











19 Days Left














場所はBluelineのaquarium 駅です!


North End and Daily Catch



私たちは部屋のみんなでNorth EndのDaily Catch というイタリアンを食べに行きました。












私はNew York の自由の女神がプリントされているTシャツがとってもほしかったです!!

9月にChestnut Hillのモールにオープンする予定らしいのですが、その前に帰国してしまうので行けなくて残念です。 9月以降ボストンに滞在する方は是非行ってみてはいかがでしょうか?   日本とは少し違っているので、きっと新しい発見があると思います!!

Weekly Update

Today, the Showa Boston faculty and staff said farewell to nine of our Spring 15 students. We were so sorry to see them leave, but we know they will have amazing adventures ahead.

Mari Asano gave a fantastic speech about the difficulties she had when she came to Showa, and how she overcame them by leaving her comfort zone and embracing her love of shopping.

We are so proud of the progress they have made while at Showa and we hope they use the invaluable international experience they gained while abroad for the rest of their lives.

Career Workshop 2

On July 10, I went to a career workshop with other BLIP 13 students. It was our second time to have a lecture with Dr. Jake Livengood; his lectures are always fun and engaging, and so many students didn’t want to miss it.

First we talked about the two main ways to find a job or internship which is Reactive and Proactive. Reactive is online postings

Step 1. Utilize job posting sites

www.indeed.com is one of the sites he recommended. It is a job hunting site, available in many countries including Japan.

Step 2. Create LinkedIn Account and use LinkedIn job board

www.linkedin.com LinkedIn is a main site where recruiters look for candidates. Jake’s advice was, use a professional picture and join to the groups that match your interest.

Proactive is networking which is a process of helping others and learning about people and opportunities. It was very interesting to hear that 70-80% of jobs are found through networking.

Step 1. Informational Interviews: Seek Advice, Information, and Referrals (AIR)

Let us learn more about career options by interviewing people about their work and career path.  Even if you are not looking for a job yet, we can seek out advice, information, and referrals to additional contacts.

Step 2. Attend career fairs and career events.

※Boston Career Forum

November 7th (Fri.) – 9th (Sun.), 2014 at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)

How to develop your 30- second introduction

30-second self-introduction is a brief statement that usually contains your degree, experience and goals. It helps make you unique to a potential employer and stand out for employment.

And this is my example introduction:

Hello, my name is Stephanie Kobayashi, and I am a sophomore at Showa Womens University majoring in English Communication. I have gained useful knowledge about communicating while learning at Showa Boston. I have the ability is to speak English, Japanese, Tagalog and I am also currently learning Spanish. Along with my education, I have worked at a hotel for a year where I gained valuable experience working with a variety of people.  Recently I interned at Showa Institute Global Education Center where I observed office works, and improved my computer and English skills. I am currently seeking a position as a hotel general manager.

Job Search Website

Indeed.com (Japanese)

altTokyo.com (English)

CareerCross (Japanese, English)

CareerForum (CFN) (English, Japanese)

The lecture was very beneficial for meeting people from the companies where we are seeking employment. The introduction part was very interesting and very important for me. We can look very professional just having our own 30 seconds self-introduction. We are all looking forward to Dr. Livengoods’ lecture in the fall.

Career Workshop at Showa Boston: Choosing a Career

On June 26th, I went to a workshop with other BLIP students at Showa Boston.  We had Dr.  Jake Livengood as a  guest speaker. He was from the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT). He is the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services at MIT.  The main activities we did were, knowing about our own interests and skills, and question from the hat.

At the beginning of the lecture, Dr. Livengood asked everyone to write two questions we have about Choosing a Career. Soon after he collected them,  and he mixed them together and he called it “question from the hat.” Later, he used these and answered some questions we had.

Next,  he showed us this drawing:

Success is complex, not linear

I found this picture very interesting, because it shows that many people including me, think that the way of being successful is like a line that goes up, which is actually not true! I can say from my experiences that it is more likely the line at the right. I am still not sure specifically what I want to be in the future, but by taking this lecture, I realized that it is okay not to hurry  and also it is okay to challenge to many things that I am interested in.

Dr. Livengood gave us three main steps on how to choose a career.

Step 1: Know yourself Draw three circles. Write your talents and skills on the first circle. On the second circle write your interests, and on the last circle write what you value. This will be your Career Path.

Step 2: Learn about career options that fit

Talk with people you know about their career!!

Have an “informational interview” with someone who has a job you might be interested in.

You can also search for            Occupational Outlook Handbook to see what jobs there are.

Step3: Identify ways to “try on” a career through experience

  • Volunteerism
  • Employment
  • Job shadowing ( or observation )
  • Internship

The most interesting part of the lecture for me was the Holland Occupational Theme (RIASEC), it is a theory of careers and jobs choice based on personality types.

It is really good to try!! By knowing which part you belong, you could learn more about yourself and it will help you find the career that would fit you. Dr. Livengood gave us a paper with these six categories. We each circled the words in each category that described us. I saw that I fit best in the Artistic category, so maybe I will like a job that is artistic, like a photographer or a furniture designer.  My classmate was in the social category, so maybe she will be a teacher or a psychologist.

I enjoyed this workshop and learned a lot about how to think about my career.

Summer Party!


7月19日に昭和ボストンでSummer party が開かれました!

他の学校からもたくさんの外国人の方がいらっしゃいました。Summer party では、BBQやかき氷などの食べ物があり、スイカ割りやアスレチックなどのイベントもありました!



Sand Festival


今週末、Revere beachでは砂の彫刻のイベントが行われていました。