|14 Dec 2005
||I have returned from Japan for a
semester now. It was an great experience, so great that it can't be
expressed in words. Any ways, I notice my grade report was on the table of
the Registrar Office on Nov 28th, 2005, and I have just checked my bearfacts
grade today, I got all A's with 4 A+.
|30 March 2005
||Arrive in Japan. Japan is 17 hours
ahead of US Pacific time for Spring.
|29 March 2005
||Got the telebear advisor code form
filled out by my faculty adviser, and turned the advisor form in. Got the
2005 tax forms and finanacial aid FAFSA form mailed today. Took US$200 with
me to the plane.
|18 March 2005
||Official Confirmed by email as the
recipient of the JASSO Scholarship. I will be given the instruction for the
scholarship once I arrive at Sendai.
|12 March 2005
||Went to the
Consulate General of Japan to apply for
Visa. My Visa will be mailed to me on 15th March by the prepaid USPS
overnight Express. The application fee is US$10 because I am British. If you
are an American, the Visa is free for you. Took 3 Nipponia magazine from the
Consulate office, so I have a total of 5 hard copy of Nipponia now.
|7 March 2005
||Receive the Certificate of
Eligibility from Tohoku University. Start applying for
|9 February 2005
air ticket to Japan through
|7 February 2005
||Got a call from Kathy at UOEAP in the
morning. I was told I won't get the air ticket to Japan from the JASSO
scholarship because the date I have to be in Japan is too early for the
scholarship. However, I will have a return ticket. This is the situation Tom
(the one who was in Tohoku last year) had a year ago.
|4 February 2005
||Got a phone call from UOEAP, saying I just got the JASSO
scholarship. JASSO scholarship is like the biggest scholarship I have
received so far.
|29 January 2005
||Paid $14 to join the Japanese Club
all-you-can-eat-sushi to celebrate the new year (or new semester?). Met lots
of people who learned Japanese so well, and met lots of Japanese. Besides Yasu, I remember their
names are Ayumi, Jean, Alina, Amy, Mark, Glendon, Yuki, Naoki, Daniel, and
|13 January 2005
||Received 3 documents via email from Tohoku University, a
copy of the documents are attached here.
|1 January 2005
||Moved to a new apartment because of the EAP program. My rent
changed from $416.66 to $376.66.
|16 December 2004
||Got a call from UOEAP about a little change UOEAP is going
to make on my Tohoku Application form. It's about the money source, nothing
|13 December 2004
||Sent out the completed Tohoku application form to
Universitywide Office of Educational Abroad Program (UOEAP) (The long one)
|2 December 2004
||Attend the Tohoku Engineering program orientation. Basically
the orientation only has my regional adviser (Louise Hon) and the only
student at Berkeley, Tom Allen, who went to Tohoku during Spring 2004. I
realized I am the only one selected to go to the only Engineering Program in
English that is offered in Japan. That means no one is going to Japan with
me. Got the phone number, email, and tons of advices from Tom.
|11 November 2004
||Received an email saying "Congratulations! You've been
nominated for the EAP Program at Japan for Tohoku Engineering Spring of
2005." for the Berkeley Campus
|9 November 2004
||Revised the statement of purpose essay until 4am. Send back
the revised essay to the Japan adviser Louise Hon. Someone told me my
recommendation letter from my research class was filled out incorrectly. I
took that recommendation letter to my professor for correction and
resubmitted right away.
|8 November 2004
||Received an email saying my statement of purpose has
inaccurate content, must be revised, and there was problem with one of my
recommendation letter. I also went straight to another professor's office
(CS 61C professor) to
request another recommendation letter (the fourth recommendation letter) and
the CS 61C professor promised to submit the recommendation letter the next
|2 November 2004
||Attended General Orientation for Spring 05 Departing
|8 October 2004
||Submitted the first Application (the short one) to Tohoku University
with two recommendation letters from professors (from my BioEng 199 Research
class and my EE 40 class) and one letter from my research mentor (a graduate
|17 September 2004
||Been told the Student Panel had no Japan EAP Student
|16 September 2004
||Emailed the first instructor Pinto for letter of
|16 September 2004
||Realized I missed the EAP student panel yesterday (15
September), not happy.
|3 September 2004
||The Japan EAP application is online for the first day, but the
application should have been up on 27 August 2004 instead.
|13 August 2004
||Met the EAP advicer (Louise Hon) of Japan for the first