I’m currently a medical student (MD - expected graduation May 2021) at Yale University. My interests in the medical field are very broad (I’ve done a lot of lab research as well as emergency medicine volunteering), but one aspect I find fascinating is the patient’s narrative and experience of disease. I graduated from Columbia University in 2016 double majoring in Biology and English/Comparative Literature. The biggest piece of advice I have for students in Japan is to do as much reading (books, journal articles, newspaper, etc…) they can in order to familiarize themselves with the language. Though difficult at times, forms of written media contain examples of the proper use of grammar, diction, idioms, etc… Even today I come across new words I’ve never seen before in more advanced texts (e.g. works of philosophy).
I was born and raised in Japan, but I've also lived in the US and in Singapore! I'm looking forward to reading your essays!