End of the School Year Wrap-up + Tadoku

So, it’s finally over. Technically I have to present my thesis tomorrow, but I’m not worried about that part. It’s been a long year, and a longer last month.

My plan for June was:

  • Take all my exams from the first go (Done) with a good GPA (reasonable. Couldn’t do anything more than that. Wish my exams would be more about my ability)
  • Sign up for MEXT, a.k.a. go through 2 weeks worth of the 9th circle of bureaucratic hell. (done! Waiting for their response. Technically still have a quite a bit of bureaucracy due to embassy bureaucracy clashing with Uni bureaucracy)
  • Write my thesis. Done!
  • Pass my graduation exam. Done. Disappointingly low grade, but again, it wasn’t up to me =(.
  • prepare for MEXT. Half-done. I’ve been practicing my speaking like crazy over at japonin.com and my spoken Japanese has gone up considerably. Could be better, but it’s still loads better than what it was in May. Haven’t studied as much as I should have since I was busy with exams. Scored 242/300 on a past test I tried out at home, though granted it was on my first try, no double-checks, and speedy. Someone on the internet said you need 250 to pass, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
  • Tadoku. Make it to top 20. (failed)

I knew I wouldn’t have much time for Tadoku, but I was still hoping to put up a decent fight. The first 10 days or so went well and I even got to #5 at one point, but alas. I didn’t have much free time, and when I did I was busy planning for whatever I had to do next… or was busy being exhausted. Ended up on #23 with 1188 pages, 270 of which were a novel I had to read for my thesis. Added English as a language to motivate me for my thesis, but since thesis-reading was mostly bits and pieces from a gazillion sources it would’ve been too troublesome to keep track of it anyway.

I finished 宇宙兄弟 and started クレイモア manga-wise, read 村上春樹’s 国境の南、太陽の西, news, academic papers in Japanese, wikipedia articles, various websites regarding Japanese Lit., a few hours of Chaos;Head (finally installed something to keep track of it for Tadoku), a bit of everything in general.

I had very little exposure this month, but I’m pleased with the fact that most of it was reading. No idea how studying this summer will go given how much I have to do (MA admission, moving to a new city, maybe the MEXT exam+interview+extra bureaucracy, hopefully…)

There are not enough words to describe how relieved I feel about being able to escape from my Uni.