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  • Mina-san, konnichiwa! Kemushi-chan no Loretta desu!

  • Today, I am here with:

  • Taylor B!

  • Slash Sailor Moon, here in her most lovely of homes.

  • Because I would ask a very specific question. It's kind of been bothering me.

  • Basically, am I too old for school?

  • We only are wearing these because we just finished filming a video on Taylor's channel.

  • So there's a link below and you can check that out.

  • But I want to talk, just do some honest talk, about some things I've been feeling since I started school here.

  • So let's get that going now!

  • Hello, guys and welcome back.

  • We are eating some nacho cheese fries.

  • Nacho fries

  • Nacho fries

  • But today, more importantly, because we're on my channel, not yours

  • I wanted ask. I'm on MEXT scholarship now. You are a MEXT alumni.

  • Yes.

  • You have a grad degree.

  • Yep.

  • And you're awesome!

  • Thank you!

  • So one of the things that I noticed when I first started was basically that everyone in Japan is really young.

  • It was like my first day of class and everyone's doing their self introductions

  • And there's one guy who walks up and he's like: "I'm probably the oldest person in the room here."

  • "I'm 23."

  • "I'm 23." I was like, you baby!

  • You're a child!

  • Meanwhile, I'm in the back like:

  • There's this word called like "(8) Years-late-to-becoming-a-working-adult"

  • Yeah

  • Which is like, you're 8 years late to the graduation scene.

  • There are basically kind of like set ages where you're supposed to graduate and start looking for a job.

  • And the job searching process here in Japan is pretty set.

  • You're supposed to do certain things and interview in a certain way

  • Wear a certain type of interview Clothing and hopefully a daikigyo

  • a big corporate company will reach down and be like, "You're cool. Work with us forever."

  • We're taking you.

  • We're taking you into the fold!

  • One of us!

  • Meanwhile I'm the complete opposite, like, as Americans...

  • I know so many people who, they graduate, they start their job because they to pay off their student loans

  • Right

  • And then you go back to grad school

  • And you're like, "Wait, the job that I'm doing isn't exactly what I wanted.

  • It's just the one I was using to get money and now I need to specialize. I need to go back."

  • So I know that in America, it's ok to be older.

  • You're paying for your school in America.

  • And the way I see it is if you're gonna pay for grad school

  • Yeah

  • Don't do it until you know what you want.

  • But a lot of my friends who were in other fields like marketing or advertising or whatever

  • They took maybe like four or five years off and then went back.

  • But I think there's also protections in place

  • Like when you're job hunting, they're not allowed to ask in America how old you are.

  • And things like that. Here in Japan, when you give your resume, you have to attach a picture of yourself.

  • So there's no like hiding your age range.

  • It's like they can basically ask you anything that they want to ask you, right?

  • I mean, I don't know the law that well, but I feel like you're not as protected

  • in that sense as you are in America. Like it's more protection for the companies.

  • Yeah

  • They can ask whatever they want.

  • Yeah

  • Whereas in America, they can't ask your gender or your age or any of that stuff.

  • I know in Japan, a lot of people do immediately go in. If they're gonna go to grad school, they go immediately.

  • But at least at my specific school, like I was just at the Media Design School at Keio

  • I feel like it was a lot more liberal and so

  • They aimed to have

  • Different ages and different backgrounds and people from different cultures

  • Because it was part of the experience

  • So I wonder if it varies from grad school to grad school.

  • Yeah, and mine's like the school of business, so it's very, what's the word? Cookie cutter?

  • Yeah! So I want to ask you, why did you decide to go for your Master's in Japan?

  • Because they're paying for it.

  • Really?

  • That's the honest, really, the MEXT scholarship makes it free.

  • Right

  • And I remember, when I first graduated college, I originally was like

  • "Okay cool. I'm gonna get a Master's degree."

  • In East Asian studies cuz that's all I know about.

  • I was just like I think they need to get a Master's degree, so I'll go and try and get it.

  • And then I looked into it and was like, that's a lot of money, forget it! And I stopped.

  • But I knew I always wanted to do something in Japan because I did sales with Japanese companies

  • And I did like all these meetings. Answering "What's your real background with Japan?"

  • And every time it was just like...

  • Right

  • You'd have the impractical...

  • Right! Not the answer they were looking for, so now

  • I applied for this scholarship. I kind of wanted a reason to go back to Japan and because it's not just me

  • I wanted to have a legitimate reason to go back

  • and have something a bit more fortified

  • And because it's a free scholarship-, well I mean, it's full, right? So at this point...

  • I might as well.

  • And if it's a Japanese business degree, when I go into business meetings with Japanese people

  • Then I think it brings me closer to the playing field than where I was before

  • As much as like flying in, like "I'm a special foreigner! Treat me well!"

  • I feel like my experience is a little different than yours because I got into Keio

  • And I had a semester where I didn't have a scholarship

  • And I got it through the school. The school recommended me.

  • And then I was able to get the scholarship to pay for the rest of my school after that.

  • I don't know. I feel like that was a little different. The way I got it was a little different.

  • Because those are the two tracks.

  • Yeah, and I was already living here when I applied to Keio.

  • Yeah

  • Is it back on?

  • Yes

  • This is so good.

  • It's good, right? The cheese is good.

  • This is really good. Your nacho cheese is quite good.

  • I'm into it.

  • So I decided to go back to grad school because I wanted to get job that was kind of more towards my career.

  • I was just like, why do I feel so old though?

  • But I don't think you are.

  • It makes me think of, you know when you go to college, remember that one student

  • And you're like, "Bro, why you so old?"

  • I'm that student now!

  • You're not though.

  • Trust me.

  • And even if you are, I feel like it's something to be proud of.

  • Right

  • You decided to do this thing for yourself.

  • And that's the thing, I wouldn't have gone to grad school otherwise. I could not afford to.

  • I'm still paying for my undergraduate degree.

  • Yeah, me too.

  • While I'm going to grad school.

  • I definitely believe you should do what you wanna do. Live your life. Be strong. Be you.

  • But then at the same time, I'm like,

  • I think people think that college is kind of "atarimae" like it's just obvious that you should go to college.

  • And maybe in other countries it is because maybe it's better paid for.

  • But if you're a U.S. student

  • It's not that easy to pay for.

  • If you're going to end up paying for school or if you're gonna pay for your school

  • Whether it's grad, undergrad or whatever, don't pay for it and unless you absolutely need it.

  • Before you start looking for grad programs start looking for people who can pay for you to go to grad school.

  • So my friend, he has a job. He looked for jobs specifically that would subsidize his grad school.

  • That's smart.

  • That's really smart.

  • I wish I had done that.

  • That's why I didn't go jumping into grad school when I was in New York or before then

  • Because I didn't wanna pay for it.

  • And now that is being paid for, I'm like, well now I have the opportunity to go

  • But for a lot of people, I would say don't just jump into grad school.

  • Yeah!

  • I mean, if it's a means to an end, I would say it's worth it.

  • If you're just doing it to kind of like

  • A job having to work

  • Maybe it's not the best.

  • Right?

  • But do what you want. You're an adult.

  • Long story short: Am I too old for school?

  • I don't think so because I came back on my own time. It wouldn't have made sense financially for me.

  • If they're willing to accept you at your age, you're not too old for school.

  • Some kid was like, did you fail at being shakaijin? Did you fail at being a full-on adult?

  • I was like, BRO! Did you start?!

  • Did you even try?

  • Did you even try?!

  • I feel like there's such an idea of a path you should take and things should take a certain amount of time.

  • But it's not real.

  • It's just something that people made up in their heads.

  • You shouldn't have to follow that just because a lot of people have done things that way.

  • If you go to grad school if your 30 or 40 or 50 or 90

  • It doesn't mean you're too old or you're a failure. It's just in your own time.

  • The food's almost gone.

  • Yeah, that was just something I was kind of thinking about. What do you guys think about it?

  • Especially Japanese people, I hope they're reading the subtitles.

  • Like, maybe I'm 8-years(or more)-too-late-to-be-an-adult, so what should I do?

  • So let us know in a comment below what you guys think about school, life, following your own path, doing what's right for you.

  • And check out Taylor's video!

  • It's not like this!

  • We're weird.

  • We are being quite silly.

  • Yeah

  • Thank you for listening to my weird talk about my weird feelings

  • And watching us eat really good food.

  • So tasty

  • So tasty!

  • We'll see you guys in another video. All right. Thanks for watching, guys!

  • I love you guys!

Mina-san, konnichiwa! Kemushi-chan no Loretta desu!

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