Monday, July 2, 2012


DONE! I just turned in my dissertation to graduate division!

Saturday, June 2, 2012


WoW. What a journey. Let's begin by saying that I successfully defended my dissertation on May 24th. All I need to do is do a few edits, turn it in, and it's official, I'm DONE!

Since I'm a summer graduate, I had the option to walk the graduation ceremony in the spring, so I did. I walked on May 12. It was a bit weird since I'm not really done, but in retrospect it was great to "get it out of the way."

Where did the time fly and how did I make it this far? I'm not quite sure, but I'm glad I did!

Thursday, May 12, 2011


It's been FOREVER since my last update. I don't know...but something just hit me and told me I should update this blog...even though I know people don't really read this.

So, let's do a fast recap. I was at the first school collecting data from September to December. I spent over 200 hours there. I was at the second school from January to March...until the tragedy happened in Japan. I spent 150 hours there and had to make the executive decision to pull out of the country because of the uncertain living situations and continue my research in Portland, Oregon.

So, now I'm at the third and final school for data collection in Portland, Oregon. I've spent over 100 hours thus far and scheduled to be here until June.

I've heard back from a few conferences, but I had to turn some of them down because of the unexpected transition. I'll be going to Colorado for one of the conferences though.

Life's been pretty hectic, but last I talked to my advisor, we're shooting for a Spring 2012 graduation. We'll see...

Friday, December 3, 2010


Just submitted my first abstract for a conference. If accepted, I'll be presenting my preliminary findings at a conference! w00t! That's pretty nerve wreaking. My advisor said that when I'm done with the dissertation I should even try for AERA. AERA is the real deals...I can always apply but who know what will happen?

Anyways, I've spent over 200 hours in the classroom collecting data for my research. I can't believe I only have 2 more weeks in the first school. Time is passing by so fast. Before I know it, it'll be January and I'll be at the second site collecting data.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


WoW! It's been over a month since my last update? Time flies when you're having fun. Oops, did I just mention fun on my "boring blog"?

Anyways, here goes the update.

I have made my 100 hours in the classroom mark. Yes, I have observed this one class for over 100 hours. WoW. I wrote up my report and have yet to hear back from my advisor, but the teachers and headmaster at the school have read my report. They had some concerns so I was pulled into the office once again. Basically, the headmaster was a bit concerned about the things I was observing because it "shouldn't" be how I explained it. *shrugs* I mean, I wrote what I saw...what can I say? Hopefully things will work itself out soon.

Oh, and why have I been busy? after events after events, perhaps. So I had my University of Tokyo Graduate School of Education's Foreign Student Overnight School Trip. Then I participated in Nikkei Youth Exchange (NYN) Summit Japan 2010, which was also an overnight event. Then I participated in a Foreign Student Cultural Experience Trip that my scholarship sponsored. *whew*

As for University of Tokyo, it's been awesome. I got accepted into the Japanese language program. So along side all my data collection, reading, and writing, I can work on improving my Japanese as well. This is a total bonus since I really wasn't planning on taking a class.

All-n-all, I'm loving my time here. Too bad I didn't think ahead and ask for the 2 year scholarship rather than just 1 year. I guess after I graduate, I can always come back to Japan. ^__^

Friday, September 24, 2010


Update Update Update! Read all about it!

Housing - I moved into my hole in the wall on 9/16. It's only for a year, so I think I can manage. It's nice and cozy, but it was a like a puzzle putting things away because there's no space! LoL. I ended up putting my shoes, books, and dry foods all in the shoe rack/box/closet. LoL

Certificate of Alien Registration Card - Picked up my card on 9/15, opened up a bank account, deposited my money to keep it safe, and paid the school's tuition. Oh, and along with my Certificate of Alien Registration Card, I also got health insurance too.

University of Tokyo - My first meeting with my advisor here is on 9/30. I'm a bit nervous.

Now, for the good stuff.

Week 1 of observation at the first school is done. How many more? 12? How did it go? Well, I thought it went quite well. I got to meet the teachers, and the students and spend the entire day with them. But I did run into a little bump in the road. One (or more, who knows?) didn't agree with my research question. Great...after ALL that work. *hrmph* So basically, after talking to my advisor, I had to ex-nay the part where they felt as those I was evaluating the school/teacher. That's fine. Less work for me.

Gotta stay strong and pull through. Tough times are there to make you a better, stronger person in the end. I believe.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


w00t! I'm writing this in Tokyo, Japan! I made it over! Here's a quick run down of what happened so far.

Student Visa - After waiting for nearly 2 month, I took my Certificate of Eligibility to the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu to apply for a student visa. This process usually takes 4 days. However, with some connection and push, I expedited the process to 1 day. So I pick up my student visa the next day and flew out to Japan! (Literally, the day I picked up my visa was the day I flew out!)

Housing - It took 10 days, but I FINALLY found a place to live for the year. Finding a place isn't easy, but it's even harder when you're a foreigner. They don't trust you. I don't blame them...but c'mon. With the help of Nippon Keidanren, I locked down a place. It's super duper uber small. There's a bed, and a desk. That's pretty much it. LoL. But it's fully furnished down to the sheets and towel, and electricity and water is included. Sweet deal!

Certificate of Alien Registration Card - Now that I have an address, I went down to the Ward Office to apply for this card. It takes 2 weeks for it to process. Without this card I can't open a bank account and/or pay for the school's tuition. The law requires the bank to confirm the person's address...without the Alien Registration Card, I have no proof.

School Observation 1 - I visited the first school I'll be observing. I thought I could start right away, but the school needs to inform their parents that I'll be around campus and I also need parent/student signatures approving me to observe. Hopefully by mid September I can start collecting data.

University of Tokyo - I visited the school and met a few important people in charge of the education department. They were all very nice and made me feel welcomed. They even have a "camp" for incoming foreign students that I will be joining! So excited!

So basically, I'm playing the waiting game at the moment. Waiting for the Alien Registration Card so I can open up a bank account and pay for school; Waiting for the school to notify and get parent/student signatures; Waiting for the university to start.