Dispatch program at MCPHS University (formerly Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences)
Minori Ueda, Faculty of Pharmacy
In August 2015, Minori joined our study abroad program and stayed at MCPHS University in Boston for 10 days.
During her stay, Minori took ESL classes in the morning with other NUPALS students as well as with medical students from China who were also visiting the university at the time. She says she was nervous because all classes were in English, but motivated and encouraged at the same time by seeing the Chinese students actively participate in class. In the afternoon, Minori and her fellow students went on a tour around medical institutions and facilities in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston. She learned at a community pharmacy that pharmacists are frequently asked for medical advice in the United States because it is faster and cheaper than to consult a physician. Now she says she wants to be one such pharmacist who “can be relied on for her services by patients.”
On days off, she enjoyed herself off campus, visiting various places in Boston and interacting with locals there. She even dropped by a drugstore and asked a pharmacist for advice on OTC drugs.
Minori was quite inspired by this short-term program because she could see and do things that a normal tourist can’t do, while also being immersed in an English speaking environment.
Chihaya Tanaka, Faculty of Pharmacy
Chihaya participated in this study abroad program in the summer of 2013, as she had been curious about differences in pharmacy practice between Japan and other countries, including the United States.
Through lectures and visits to clinical sites, Chihaya learned about many things, ranging from the student life at MCPHS University to pharmacy practice and management at community pharmacies and drugstores in the US. She says she discovered “many differences between Japan and the US, from which we can learn a lot.” At the same time, she also came to realize that the Japanese system has its own virtues.
As part of the program, she went on a campus tour and visited labs and facilities. She was particularly impressed by what she saw at the pharmaceutics lab, where a variety of pharmaceutical techniques were demonstrated on the spot.
For Chihaya, this study abroad program was a great opportunity to see US pharmacists in action and experience new things on many levels. The whole experience will surely benefit her life as a pharmacist in the future.
Hikaru Ichimura, Faculty of Applied Life Sciences
Hikari visited the State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY), which is partnered with NUPALS, during summer break in 2015. He studied English and learned about American culture for 4 weeks there. For accommodations, he stayed at an on campus dormitory where people from all over the world including local American students live. In his English classes he not only studied English but also interacted with foreign students from Korea, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Taiwan, and China. Since the classes were conversation-oriented he had plenty of opportunity to speak English with many foreign students and this helped him to make a lot of friends. He also had a chance to enjoy lunches, dinners, events, and parties with locals who he had befriended and meet other people at these events. The friendship he found at SUNY has been lasting and he has kept in touch with his friends even after coming back to Japan.
Through his experiences in SUNY, Hikari was able to experience a variety of wonderful things such as a strong enthusiasm for studying English, a curiosity to know more about the world, friendships with foreign students and senior NUPALS friends, and lots more.
He definitely encourages younger students to join this program if they’re considering trying something new!!
Rumi Tomiyama, Faculty of Pharmacy
Rumi visited the State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY) during her summer break from August through September in 2014 for language study. SUNY is located on the west side of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes. There is a wonderful atmosphere here full of nature that made Rumi treasure her time abroad. Focusing on her English studies, she made friends with lots of local Americans as well as with foreigners and she came in contact with many different values, ideas, and cultures. She not only studied English but also had a chance to go off campus to see and learn about Native American history and culture as well as to participate in volunteer activities downtown. What she enjoyed most was sightseeing at the famous Niagara Falls in Buffalo. She was really amazed by the mist from the falls. She felt that she should have studied English more, especially speaking and listening, before joining the program. Local English in western New York was too fast to understand for her since listening is difficult for her and this made things hard for her. Currently, she has been focusing on studying pharmacy at school to pass the national exam for pharmacists, but she is trying to find time to skill up her listening and speaking.
Tetsuo Saito, Doctoral Program in Applied Life Sciences
Visiting the Changchun University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CUTCM), a sister university of our university, was a great opportunity for me to get in touch with Chinese culture and real research on traditional Chinese medicine. I participated in CUTCM’s functional food development project for human health promotion. That experience was really tough but enjoyable for me. During my visit, I learned the importance of positive communications and drawing out attractive project schemes in order to carry out things smoothly in China. I guess my experience is similar to the situation when one begins a new collaborative research project or business. “Active” and “attractive” would be my key words if I am in such a situation in the future.