Living alone as an undergraduate
Students from all over Japan are studying at Iwate University. Many of these students are living alone for the first time. A comfortable life is the first step of a fulfilling campus life. We interviewed some students in the Faculty of Science and Engineering about their living.
Q1 How is life away from home?
Sano: I live alone in an apartment, and at first I was confused by housework. My parents took care of everything at home, so I was totally at a loss about housework. However, doing things you’ve never done before and living a life with a lot of freedom is a good point of single life. I think I enjoy many different experiences.
Sawamura: I live in a dormitory. Although it’s a single room, other students are also living when I open the door. It was often difficult until I got used to it. I’ve made good friends with other students in the dorm and have had many opportunities to interact with them, and it became a lot of fun.
Q2 How do you like about your current living environment?
Sano: I found my current apartment through the new student support provided by a university cooperative as soon as I found out I had passed. Many rooms had already been reserved, but I was happy to find an apartment I liked. The area around the university is hilly, so I wanted a place with good access to the campus, in consideration of winter commuting and not having hills on my route. It’s just large enough, and there’s a grocery store nearby, which is useful.
Sawamura: The great point of a dormitory is that everything on campus is easy to access. It takes less time to commute, and that gives you more time to study, take part in club activities, and do your hobbies. I think this is a big advantage. Shared life, which includes both senpai and kohai (elder and younger students), gives you the chance to meet many different people. It’s easy to exchange useful information about studies, job-hunting, and part-time jobs.
Q3 Do you have a part-time job? Are you joining a club activity?
Sano: I have a part-time job. On the days I work, I work from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. I took part in club activities until my third year. I wanted many different experiences throughout my four years, expecting for self-growth at a university. I surely gained a lot from my part-time job and club activities.
Sawamura: I stock shelves at a grocery store. On the days I work, I work from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. I also play futsal and soccer as a club activity.