Report on the 2018 Boston College Tour
The 2018 College Tour, a component of the Headmaster’s Vision 1 Project, took place on April 9 and 10, during the spring recess. This trip was made possible by a generous donation by Trustee Shunji Sasada.
Boston and its surrounding area is known for the concentration of renowned educational institutions. During this trip, students visited four of the most notable universities: Boston University, Brown University, Harvard, and MIT.
At Boston University, the Japanese department and students of the Japanese Student Association (JSA) welcomed us. Professor Satoru Ishikawa gave us a quick presentation on the background and educational opportunities at Boston University, and the JSA students conducted the remainder of the information session. There was an icebreaker for our students to become acquainted with the members of JSA; a Q&A, where our students could inquire about various aspects of college life, and speak with a current exchange student from Keio University; and a campus tour.
After Boston University, we visited the JFK Library, which commemorates the life and work of our 35th president, Mr. John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
One of the major highlights of this trip for the students was meeting a fellow graduate of the Academy, Dr. Sayaka Masuko, Class of 2002, who conducts research at MIT on Embryonic Stem Cells. She was kind enough to give us a tour of the campus, and explain the nature of her research. Coincidentally, her husband, Dr. David Sondak, is a professor of mathematics at Harvard University.Therefore, we were able to receive a personal tour of the Harvard University campus as well.
We also received positive feedback from the students regarding the robotics workshop they attended at the MIT Science Museum. They had the opportunity to program the LEGO Mindstorms NXT to mimic the movement of a Roomba using the NXT-G programming environment.
At Brown University, students received an in-depth campus tour by current students,where they learned about the history and Brown’s unique open-curriculum system.
Overall, it was an engaging and fruitful two days, and we hope that in the coming years,we see even more success from this program.
Misa Mori (Office of Student Affairs)
Dr. Steven Lane (Headmaster’s Vision 1 Project, Director)
Ms. Caryn Shaw (Office of Residence Life)