Fridaaaaaaaay! Its time to write a new stuff.
Well, I guess this is gonna be the 5th entry, but most of recent diaries were as dull as a term paper.
BUT this is going to be different, cuz Ive got a great news.
I got an inernhsiiiiiip!
I will be able to join the summer camp of U.S national track team for 大阪世界陸上 （IAAF World Championships in Athletics）！！！
Well, actually its been a while since I first heard of this great chance, but I directly talked with Dr. Ranson today.
Dr. Ranson is a director of Texas State University Athletic Training Program and also is a head trainer of U.S national track team.
I can not say the details of their schedule, but national team is going to have a camp in Osaka before championship starts.
Since they do not usually offer internship positions, I do not really know how much I can do...
But he said I can shadow him and massage tones of athletes during the camp.
Its gonna be totally a new world, but I am just excited about it.
U.S national team....
I'm gonna have such a blast this summer.
Championship actually starts on Aug 25th, but you know what?
The fall '07 semester starts on Aug 22nd...
So yeah, I will not be able to see the championship in Japan.
It kinda sucks.
But who cares? It should be the wonderful start of new semester and coming back to the program.
I will make my 22th summer the best ever!
Here are pictures of this week.
Da first 'M" meeting on the 6th, Austin
MOMO w/ a Christmas cake
Superman...super female cat?
MOMO @ a club
Da sexy lower extremity
MOM in tasogare mood
We call it doing niwatori
I can see you
Hell yeeeeeeeeees! Its friday today.
Man, 8 am classes are killing me...oh well I guess its ok.
BTW, time goes really fast recently, dont yall think so?
Think about it, its already in Feb, and I have been here for almost 1 month since I came back.
Thats really crazy..
I guess thats because I am satisfying my life and 100% full of energy every day.
What makes me think like that?
God, I love my classes soooo much.
I am taking...
1) therapeutic modality
2) therapeutic modality lab
3) Upper extremity evaluation
4) Upper extremity evaluation lab
5) Weight lifting (teaching section)
6) Human developmental psychology
7) Psychology of Human sexuality
8) Japanese writing composition (work as a TA)
I dont think I will be able to stop closing my mouth once I start talking about my classes.
New discoveries everyday.
Well-educated professors, stimulating classmates, good environment to study, enough time to research random stuffs by myself.....
I had 4 classes today..mainly labs.
These are such small classes....everyone knows each other, and nobody hesitates to ask questions and stuffs.
Here is one of pictures from upper extremity lab. Megan showing vertebral artery test on Nikki. I was allowed to bring my camera inside the class and take some pictures.
We can see these kinds of pictures in textbook or whatever.
However, by taking pictures by myself, It makes me sooo much easier to remember and actually master these special tests.
Whenever I see this picture, I would also remember class atmosphere, what megan was speaking, what I was thinking at this class period....all kinds of random stuffs coming up in my mind.
I believe these stuffs(special tests) are the most difficult and time consuming materials to learn.
I guess I am good at memorizing stuffs and getting good grades on tests.
But when performing special tests or whatever practical stuffs at actual clinical settings, knowledge is such a small part of own abilities.
Knowledge, experience, other consideration, flexibility, and interaction..
Many things affect each other, and we can create an educated guess ....sometimes even solid decisions.
So yeah, Im trying to learn these with my full body.
Here is another pic from this class.....lazy matt while Megan was performing SCM MMT.
Story of Another class......
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
Psychology is my minor, and I have to take 18 hrs (at least 6 classes)to complete it.
OMG...this class is freakin amazing.
At the first class...
Professor: " Guys, i want u guys to do some class activities to get relaxed..since this is a first class this semester."
Some professors do this shit.
Sometimes I needed to introduce myself or played random games and stuffs.
I was totally chillin and not paying attention that much.
P: "Its simple. repeat after me......"
P:" come on everyone! Say it loud! VAGINA!".
Imagine that there are more than 200 students in that class( its a freaking big ass class), and everyone said some random dirty words at the same time....
Guys, girls, experienced people, non-experienced people....doesnt matter.
Definitely I have never done this before.
Voice was getting bigger and bigger while we were repeating new words.
Few people hesitated saying these words at the end and actually enjoyed it.
Everybody seemed comfortable about it....at least I was.
We finished the last word (I dont remember what we said), and she followed.
"welcome to the human sexuality"
Last time, We saw a video called "singing dick".
We studied male sexual organs this week....(yes, female last week with some videos)
There was a single penis on the big ass screen like movie screen (and even I was sitting in the first row..lol)
It looked like a guy was laying on the bed, and somebody took a video of just his penis.
We were not surprised yet.....everything could happen in that class we knew.
Suddenly, rock music was on, and that dick started going up and shaking...
Yes....it was a movie about the erection..
God, I like the sense of humor of the professor.
But, thats not the only stuffs that we are doing in the class.
Most of materials are scientific and academic.
She just put random stuffs every now and then to make students better understand.
I feel like I need to know these stuffs as an adult. Its a funny class but really really important classes that we cant learn often.
I got a first test back today..got 98 and ave was 70 something..
Well, good start huh?
Aight, here is the last picture today.
Kamasutra: famous Indian sex manual from about the third or fourth centry B.C. (from Sexuality Now embracing diversity 2nd edition)
"Exposure to The New World"....yea, I have been exposed by so many things recently.
As I mentioned before, I am working as a teaching assistant for the language department.
I have my own office, desk, computer, and even office hours…..
What a great feeling it is.
I am not educated to teach English, but I am actually doing that kinda stuff every now and then.
I am an assistant for Japanese composition class, and basically, What Im doing is setting up some movies which students are gonna write papers about, participating the class discussion about movies, proofreading their papers during my office hours.
I have never done any of them.
I have been taught English by my American friends, but opposite situation never happened.
Most of my friends dont see me as Japanese.
They basically do not care where the heck I am from. We met thru friends, common interests, dorm....whatever.
So yeah, it was kinda awkward for me to talk about Japanese culture or language with american people.
But it is really interesting, especially when I am proofreading their papers.
Obviously, they are struggling cuz first of all, they don’t have enough vocabularies to actually develop the sentences.
A lot of students seem to depend on the on-line dictionary, and so much so, they tend to use a lot of “jyukugo”s.
I think it makes sense because in Japanese, it would be so mush easier to just use “jukugo” instead of writing longer sentences.
We saw Mr. Baseball the other day.
Here is a main plot.
Jack( ex American baseball player) was traded to dragons from NY. He was a typical rude American dude who doesn’t try to understand the japanese culture. But gradually, he is changing his attitude and getting along with teammate, girlfriend, and coach………….
This movie is pretty interesting to compare 2 different cultures, but there are some exaggerations about both American cultures and Japanese cultures.
One dude was complying about that some Americans do care about other cultures, and that movie was just over-exaggerating how bad Americans are.
.So, he was trying to translate it into japanse.
Where the hell did ya find誇張 !?
I couldn’t even understand the rest of the sentences and suddenly, I found 誇張 in that sentence.
He said he got that from the dictionary, but he wasn’t really sure how he can actually put that ward into the whole sentence.
And another thing that interested me is that we do have different orders to make a sentence.
Here is an example.
2)“I went to bed earlier last night cuz I was tired.”
These two sentences mean the same thing, but the order is opposite.
In English, they first say what they want to express, and then they mention the reason or whatever supports the main idea.
This is a simple example, but I noticed a lot of similar stuffs when I was reading their paper.
So far, I am enjoying it. It really helps me understand English also.
And this is the main reason why I am writing this blog in English.
Im telling ‘em
"Hey buddy, keep it up! Study your ass off!"
U know how teachers cheer up lazy students, right?
But, at the same time, I felt like
"Ok, I am telling them to work hard on papers in Japanese, why ain’t I doing that?"
Thats how it started. Writing is great.
I learned english thru the messenger ( I use AOL messenger).
I can see what ppl are saying, imitate the sentences my folks were using, applying these at different situations.
We can visualize mistake by writing sentences.
I dont know how long I will be able to keep up with this work, but I will try my best.