Wakundo Ishii Shares His Unforgettable NSOCO Experience

altThe reason why I decided to join NSOCO was simple. I wanted to be friends with lots of freshmen. I hadn’t been able to make Willamette friends before, so I thought that this is a big opportunity for making friends.

At the first day, I was so nervous, just like other freshmen. However, my anxiety disappeared very soon. They were very friendly to me, so we could get along! Also, NSOCO only had 19 people including 5 leaders. It had been the reason we could get along very soon.

We had many volunteer opportunities. I especially remember about volunteering at Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network, which is providing hospitality to homeless families. I tried to remove weeds, but there were so many weeds, so I couldn’t remove much more. Even though, I couldn’t finish, my group members said, “Good job, Wakundo!” to me. I was so glad to they say that.

There are two things that I was very glad about on NSOCO. First one was a compliment, from the other group members. We complimented each other a lot. When I was complimented, I got much more energy and motivation to work. Second one was an appreciation for our volunteering. At each place we did volunteering, we were appreciated by community people. I had greater feeling than when I worked before. We usually work for money, but we had really worked for people. It might be self-satisfaction, but I would like to say I obviously worked for people!

I realized how wonderful volunteering is. Those experiences are unforgettable for me. In addition, I got along with some freshmen. We did a campfire and talked together every night. I will never forget experiences in NSOCO. I absolutely recommend joining this program to next years' ASP students!

About Us

Tokyo International University of America

1300 Mill Street S.E.
Salem Oregon 97301

503-373-3300

CEA accreditation

The American Studies Program at Willamette University is accredited byImage result for cea accreditation logo

Equal Opportunity Statement

Tokyo International University of America (TIUA) is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment.  TIUA does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship programs, and other TIUA administered programs and activities.  For the purpose of admission, all students must be formally admitted by Tokyo International University (Kawagoe, Japan) prior to making application to the American Studies Program at Willamette/TIUA.