Phase 3: Follow-on Activities

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Embracing a New Perspective

Designed specifically to help participants synthesize and give meaning to the experience, Phase Three is often credited with ensuring the lasting impact of the program—placing the significance of an extremely concentrated trip securely within life’s experiences. The phase includes a stimulating review of what students learned about Japan and about themselves. Participants reflect on their various experiences and discuss how their perspectives of Japan have changed. In addition to group exercises, individual follow-on activities are included in the curriculum as well.

Sharing a New Perspective

Often, groups set-up speaking opportunities before their departure in order to share the experience or teach some facet of Japanese culture—especially to younger students—after their return. In preparing to share, it is natural for students to further assess how the learning experience affected them and their views of Japan. Through these follow-on activities, participants are also able to identify ways of applying the experience to continued study of Japan. NP:J staff is pleased to assist in discovering ways to ensure that not only NP:J students get the most out of the program but that the broadest audience possible is exposed to the new perspectives formed. This includes assisting in setting up speaking engagements and ensuring such activities are as successful as possible.

Claim Your Future

Pointing to the successful completion of NP:J is a significant advantage when applying to schools, fellowships, and scholarships. As it relates to the study of Japan or the Japanese language, a program of this magnitude can also help pinpoint a future course of study, focus broad interests, or spark a lifelong flame of curiosity.

A Lasting Impact

Whether pursuing a Japan-related career or not, the confidence and maturity necessary for NP:J benefit students on a personal level. The ability to adapt to change, becoming more culturally aware, simply finding out what one’s capable of… These are important skills and experiences for students when going off to college, claiming their independence, and shaping their future. Perhaps most importantly, the program enables students to begin to see the world differently—after all, there are no substitutes for new perspectives.