Yuki Ono

Yuki Ono

Yuki Ono

Valuable experience in Kansas City

I was able to gain many valuable experiences for these 17 days. I thank the people who supported me. I was not fun every day. Even if I laughed when I was with all, I became hot and cried at night. However, I made an effort hard not to be sorry for me. I thought that I grew up and must return to Japan because I was chosen as the Sister City Visit Youth Life Experience Group with much effort and came to the United States of America in important summer vacation.
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At first, I am proud that I could meet the Mayor of James Sly and hear a story about Kurashiki and Kansas. He was the tender person who talked to us openheartedly.
Next, I am proud that I was able to do tour of Blue Springs South High School. The teacher of school explained about school carefully and guided a school to us. I was able to know the structure of the American high school by comparing it with my high school.
In addition, I could go for a tour of Oberdiek Farm for the first time and was so fun. The man of the farm brings up tomatoes and vegetables and breeds pigs and brings up corn a lot in large land. It was a really splendid farm. There is no so large farm in Japan. I ate the corn which it does not boil for the first time there. It was so sweet and delicious.
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Also, I could watch the game of Royals. I had not watched a game of baseball in baseball stadium in Japan. So, I was able to watch the Major League match that I can rarely watch in the United States of America. That was a wonderful experience. The match of Royals made me happy. I’d like to definitely go there again sometime. I was surprised because all Kansas City citizens like Royals. I am really so envious of the Kansas City citizen who overflowed of the love. I became to love Royals, too. Finally, I was able to watch fireworks there. I was really glad because I did not think to be able to watch fireworks in the United States of America.
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I think that these experiences were able to do only by the Life Experience Group. It was really valuable experience. I think that I was able to make a memory only for me in this summer vacation. I want to put these experiences to use my life from now on. I think that this experience became the one step to approach for me in the future.
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諦めずに掴んだチャンス


小野 由貴
 私はカンザスシティ市生活体験団としてアメリカに行くことを高校一年生のころから希望していました。しかし手違いで一年の時は志望理由だけ書いて応募することができませんでした。二年生となり今年こそは応募して必ず行くんだと思い面接を受けましたが願いは叶わず、今年受験生となり正直応募するときに迷いました。何人もの先生達や両親に、大事な補習を受けることができないことや文化祭のことでクラスは忙しいのに不在となり迷惑になることが私を悩ませていることを相談しました。しかしどの先生も「後悔するなら頑張ってこい!」「今しかできないことをするのもいいと思うよ。」と背中を押してくれました。決して「行くな。」と言う先生はいなくていい経験になって私を成長させてくれると思い、応募を決意しました。合格通知が届いた時の嬉しさを高校三年目でやっと味わえました。本当に嬉しかったです。「諦めなくてよかった。やっと行くことができるんだ。」と思いました。
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 私は団長として今回みんなを支えようと思いましたが、むしろ迷惑をかけたかなと正直なったことを後悔しています。しかし三年生が四人だったのでみんな協力してくれました。アメリカでの生活は集団行動の難しさ、人間関係や人との接し方などを改めて感じる日々になりました。私はこのメンバーとの関わり方が一番の難関だったと思います。いつかまた大人になった時気軽に話せる日が来ることを私は願っています。
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 諦めずに掴んだチャンス、私が最も得ることができたのは、何人もの友達や知り合いと出会い第二の故郷を得られたと思います。ホームステイ先はこれからも私の大事なアメリカの家族です。どんな時も離れていても笑顔や勇気をくれる存在です。いつかまた会う日がくるとわたしは願います。本当に諦めずに行ってよかったです。出会えた人々に感謝しています。この体験を生かし、受験生として勉学に励みより一層精進していこうと思います。
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