Valuable Lessons I Learned from JCK Forum
10th Forum Student Leader
It was my second time to participate JCK Forum. This time I served as a student leader of participants from Japan and I have learned much from organizing 10th Forum.
When I was selected as a student leader, I had confidence that we could manage our tasks for organizing the forum in concert with other student leaders. Unlike the previous year’s forum, however, we did not have support from undergraduate participants since there is only one undergraduate participant from UT this year. Thus, we had to do more tasks than I had ever expected. One of my main tasks was to prepare and submit documents such as invitation letters for VISA application in a timely manner. It took a lot of time to finalize the documents because of a small misunderstanding between a Chinese student leader and I. During the Forum in Beijing, I could not act flexibly than other student leaders did. Further, during my presentation, I felt that my research was not interesting to anybody and could not give any contribution to the audience.
So I realized that my English communication skills were not enough to make myself clearly understood by others. At the same time, I learned that it is not too early to prepare for anything. They were valuable lessons that I learned from the forum as well as crucial lessons that I can apply to lead a successful life.
Thus, I became motivated strongly to pursue my future study to overcome my weakness as a researcher. Now, my research theme has been changed completely.
I feel certain that it is invaluable experience for a graduate student to participate in an international forum as a student leader. I think it will make you stronger. I wish your success in the future forum. Good luck!!