I read a story this morning in the Mainichi Daily which made me smile, and I thought I would share it with you. It was a story about a junior high school girl in Saitama Prefecture who was determined to take a high school entrance exam and would not let anything stand in her way. (埼玉県高校入学試験)
The recent heavy snowstorms in that part of Japan had brought the trains to a halt so she and her mother set off on foot for Ishikawa Prefecture. （石川県高校入学試験）
They set off around 11:30pm and… were luckily picked up by a truck driver a couple of hours later who was able to get them to the testing center 10 minutes before the exam started. You can read the rest of the story by following the links below…
I’ve included the links here to the story, both in English and Japanese.
Prior to owning my Smiths School of English franchise eikaiwa school I was an English teacher on the JET Program for 2 years. I worked in a junior high school and this story brought back many fond memories of my 3rd grade junior high school students as they were preparing and stressing about their high school entrance exams. Many sacrifices were made during those test preparations. Many emotions were expressed as those results came back.
This is a happy story because it demonstrates once again that sincere effort is rewarded. This young girl had a dream, and nothing would stand in her way.
Good for her! I wish her the best of luck and she has set a good example for her junior peers.
“If my mind can conceive it, if my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.” (Jesse Jackson, 4 March 1979)
Alessandro “Alex” Stanciu
Smith’s School of English Fuse
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