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Aamina, Sri Lanka

Aamina (Sri Lanka), UIA International School (A-Level)

We are joined by Aamina from Sri Lanka, who has been living in Japan for nearly six years.

She is currently a first-year student on the Global BBA Program, who has just been awarded the NUCB Presidents Scholarship and takes part in the Language Exchange on campus. She was also asked to give the welcome speech at the Entrance Ceremony in 2022.
We caught up with her to learn about why she chose the Global BBA program at NUCB.

Why did you choose Japan and NUCB for your studies?

The learning and teaching method of NUCB was novel and attractive and the university also offered my desired major in English. My father is working here in Japan, so our family moved together to Japan.

What do you think of the Case Method? What has been your favorite case so far and why?

I think it is an effective method of learning and it encourages all of us to participate and voice our opinions, which is an essential attribute for individuals who are looking to go into the business world after graduation.

During my A-Levels we often used cases when studying for Psychology, Business, and Economics.  

My favorite case so far has been the case we recently covered in Business Negotiation taught by Prof. Denscombe.  The case was divided into two parts of which Case A was provided to half the class while Case B was given to the remaining half. Neither of the sides were aware of the details of the opposite which made the class discussion more enjoyable and enacting a negotiation process with the information available only to us more exciting.

You currently live in Sanbongi Dormitory. What are good points about living in the dormitory and a typical schedule for you?

Since I am living by myself, it has pushed me to manage my daily routine more efficiently so that I can complete all my chores as well as my assignments, thus making me more independent.

I wake up at around 7 am during the days I have classes and I wash up after which I eat breakfast. Then I get dressed and take the bus to school. My classes end at 12:50 pm and I take the bus back to my dormitory. After I come back to my dorm I make lunch, eat and then clean up. Afterwards, I play games, read or watch TV shows. Then in the evening, I start on my assignments for the following day's course.

What do you like to do on the weekends? What are some of your hobbies in Japan

On the weekends I usually divide my time between catching up with either TV shows or novels that pique my interest. I also do grocery shopping and hang out with my friends. As for hobbies that I have picked up in Japan, that would be visiting scenic or popular places whenever time permits. I often like to try eating out at various restaurants and try different food palettes.

Having lived in Japan so long as a practicing Muslim do you have any advice for those considering coming here.

In comparison to the situation when I first came to Japan, now there are increasingly more Muslim friendly restaurants and other places where they provide halal food and prayer room facilities. You can also find halal food ingredients here in Nagoya at Osu Kannon’s International Halal Bazaar. Although, there are inconveniences in some cases especially when it comes to finding halal food when you go to restaurants there are always seafood and vegetarian options.

As for fasting, there is nothing to worry about. I’m sure that your fasting experience in Japan would be the same as in your home country. If you have been living in Europe or South America and are planning to move to Japan your fasting period would shorten so, I’d say that is something to look forward to.