Since my summer classes ended on August 2nd, it is summer vacation now but the vacation is just 3 weeks long. My friends who are staying at the dorms seem to be getting a bit bored, but I am busy and having very good time.
That’s because I joined the volleyball team and I have practice all day, every day during the rest of the summer. It is a little bit hard, but I think this is a really good opportunity for me because I can be friends with Americans. It is very helpful for Japanese students to speak with Americans to improve our English speaking skills, so I’d suggest other international students join a team if you are interested.
You might think that if you were on a team, you wouldn’t have enough time for your other hobbies and things like that. But actually I still have enough time to play the guitar even though I have volleyball every day. And I think it’s good for you to spend every day well-organized instead of just idling away your time. There are nice coaches and nice teammates at GCC, so you should join a team!
It was Independence Day on the 4th of July. Independence Day is a holiday which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring the independence of the United States from Great Britain.
On that day, I went to Kiwanis Park, had a BBQ, and played sports there. Then I watched a baseball game which was Batavia Muckdogs vs Connecticut Tigers at Dwyer Stadium. In the last inning, a home team came from behind to win, so it was very exciting!
After the game finished, I watched fireworks. To display fireworks is an traditional event since 1777. It was so beautiful and fantastic.
Today, the other international students from Japan and I went to Rochester. First, we visited the High Falls area which had beautiful buildings and nature. I haven’t been to any other cities except Batavia since I arrived here, so I was really excited to go.
After we visited the waterfall, we went shopping at the Marketplace Mall. I ate delicious Chinese food, and after that, I bought cool clothes at the shopping mall. The shopping was very enjoyable. For the last stop of the tour, we went to an Asian market in Rochester. I got excited because I found many Japanese foods.
I think this trip was very valuable. And I’m looking forward to next trip.