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Learning to be free, not free learning. Riley I am majoring in Sociology. I am partic-ularly interested in the way individual societ-ies are constructed. What really excites me is encountering a perspective that is completely different from my own. I was born in Austin, Texas, but on Saturdays and during my summer holidays I attended Japanese educational insti-tutions from nursery school to Sophomore year of high school. I am proud to say the I am both Japanese and American, even though the United States is my home country.Hayashi What classes have you been taking? Have they influenced your view of other coun-tries and cultures? Riley I am mainly taking sociology and an-thropology classes. In those classes, what stuck out to me the most was the Japanese Emperor’s Humanity Declaration of 1946. I was surprised at how readily Japanese people accepted it. In the “Symbol and Religion” class (taught by Professor Gardner), I learned more into depth of how and why symbols play a role in every culture. All of the stud-ies end up intertwining, and I enjoy that very much. Hayashi Since you were not required to choose the major until later years, you had the opportunities to learn the sub-jects from many areas. Perhaps it contrib-uted to your personal growth? Riley After learning at Sophia University I became adaptive and open minded. The passion of teaching from the professors inspired me to become the way I am today. Also Sophia students are enthusiastic learners. Hayashi It could be due to the fact that we have thirty eight faculty members and, because of that, the class size is small. Riley But I think many students are very quiet and not very expressive. Although many are ex-cellent in reading and writing if you are hesitant to ask questions you are not getting the full experience. As for me I will continue to cherish my open mindedness gained at Sophia while ex-panding my knowledge and abilities. No matter where I am in the world, I look forward to pursu-ing my goals and making my dreams come true.自由に学ぶ、というより、自由になるために学ぶ。Riley 主専攻は社会学分野。それぞれの社会がどうやって構築されてきたのかに興味があり、自分の考え方とまったく違う考え方を聞くとわくわくします。私はテキサス州オースティンの出身。でも、幼稚園から高校2年生まで、日本の教育機関に何度か体験入学したので、いろいろな環境に身を置いてきました。そのせいか、自分のホームベースはアメリカですが、日本人でもあり、アメリカ人でもあるような、心地よく浮いている感覚があります。 林 どんな授業を受けていますか? それが、他の国や文化への見方に影響を及ぼした? Riley 文化人類学の授業も受けています。一番興味深かったのは、1946年の天皇の人間宣言。日本人はどうして素直に受け入れたのか驚きました。Gardner先生の「シンボルと宗教」でもこれまで触れたことのない文化に触れ、それぞれの文化でシンボルが重要だとわかります。すべての学びがつながるし、オーバーラップする部分があると気づけるのが楽しい。 林 メジャーを後から選択できるシステムだったので、いろいろなことを学ぶチャンスが与えられて自分も成長できたかな。 Riley 上智からは、すべてを受け入れるオープンな視点とマインドをもらった。それを可能にしたのは、先生に教える情熱があるからだと思いFaculty of Liberal Arts国際教養学部113

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