The second time goes faster.

Amid many other emails related to my classes, I got an email from GMU letting me know that I finished the first phase of the study abroad application process and to go ahead and start filling out the forms for applying to Sophia University. It was good news. It seemed quick. It reminds me of that thing that happens when you’re driving your car into unknown territory to a place you haven’t been to before, and you discover new roads, new towns, and a new McDonald’s, which looks just like all the other McDonald’s, though for some reason the fact that this one is on a hill makes it feel different. Then, when you return home from that no longer new place, it all seems to go by so fast, McDonald’s zooms out of sight, and you realize that time must have slowed down the first time around. I guess new things do that. Now if only I had taken all these classes before, then I’d be in Japan in no time :p


About Stephen Gabriel Falke

Stephen Gabriel Falke is passionate about loving Jesus and loving Japanese! He grew up in Virginia, America, and first visited Japan in 2007. He then studied abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo for a year in 2012. He also participated in the JET Program as an ALT from 2015-2017. He currently works as an English teacher at Hirosaki Gakuin Seiai Secondary School in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan.
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