Archive for August, 2009

Arrival at Stanford University

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Yesterday I left UC Berkeley, got on the BART and then the Caltrain, and arrived at Stanford University some time after noon. This move was a short trip for around three hours, but it really exhausted me to take several suitcases. In addition, some offices were closed because my arrival was on Friday afternoon, so I have not yet proceeded with actual preparation, such as getting my student ID card and opening a bank account. Currently, I am staying in on-campus housing for undergraduates as short-term graduate housing. And the other day I was glad to receive a notification purporting that I had been assigned to on-campus housing for graduate students for 2009-2010.

What I was particularly impressed in the move above is that some people around Stanford University kindly volunteered to show me their detailed maps, tell me the best way to my destination, and even give me a ride to my house on campus, although I did not ask them at all. I don’t know why they were so obliging, but it might have something to do with spirit of international volunteerism which has taken root in this country.

Looking back, I have been here around one year and nine months after I made a decision to apply to graduate schools in the United States in November 2007. However, this is just my first step at Stanford University. Starting is of considerable importance to everything, and I will do the best possible to set up my new life, study English and computer science and so forth during the month before my classes start.

My life in Berkeley

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Approximately two weeks have passed since I arrived at UC Berkeley, and I really feel how fast the time goes. I currently live in the International House at UC Berkeley and enjoy my life here. The Bay Area, including Berkeley, has such comfortable weather that I don’t need any help of air conditioners even in the summer months. I cannot get this comfort in Tokyo. And some people in Berkeley have very kind hearts. For example, when I was looking for an office and opening up my map on the street on campus, an elderly man volunteered to tell me the way to the office, although I didn’t ask him to do so.

I will leave Berkeley in a week, but would like to have more good memories of it. Below are the pictures that I took at UC Berkeley yesterday.

This is an entrance of Soda Hall, the building of the Computer Science Division.

These are some objects for display at the Soda Hall. The interesting ones on the right side were created for Geometric Modeling.

This is a small animal on campus which delighted me with its quick movements when I was taking a walk.