～校長室の窓から～「放送朝礼のお話(外国語科 Ben Johnson先生）」
I will answer two of the most common questions I get in Japan.
Question #1: Can you use chopsticks? Answer: Yes.
Question #2: Why did you come to Japan? Answer: When I was in college, I very much wanted to study abroad. But I didn’t have any money, so I needed a scholarship. There was a program to Japan that would pay for everything, school, books, my apartment and so on. But there was only one spot, so it was a popular and competitive program. Many people applied. I don’t know how many, but I knew of at least 3 other people that applied. They were smart and had better grades than I did. Also, they had been studying Japanese while I had been studying French and Spanish. So, I knew I had a very low chance of getting the spot. But I also knew that if I didn’t try, I would have zero chance. So, I tried. And guess what, somehow, I got it! Ah Fukuoka, my wide-eyed gaze. I was there, it was rare, I remember it all too well.
We only have time for one story today, but I have taken plenty of long shots. Plenty of big swings, and many of them worked out. If you want to hear more, ask me about India or the wrestling match or the video game company. I was there, I remember it all.
What we know for sure is that if you don’t try, nothing will happen. So why not try? Take that big shot. Take that big swing. Apply for the school you really want, study abroad, enter that competition, chase your dream.
Just between us, what would you do if you knew you were certain to succeed? Listen to that small voice in your head whispering “Do it!” And then do it.
Just between us, what would you try if you weren’t worried about what your parents of friends would think? Listen to that small voice in your head whispering “Try it!” And then try it.
Step up to the plate and take a huge swing. You might just crush it.
Just between us ― I think you will.