Short post tonight because I am dog tired. I had the lecture for the third year undergraduate students today. I had a lot of trouble trying to figure out exactly what to do for the talk because I was trying to balance out what was too much detail and what was not enough. I was also very afraid that because of the language issue, many of the students would just tune me out and automatically write me off. This fear had been reinforced by some of the other people in the GRC telling me that was what was going to happen.

I was pleasantly surprised.

The talk itself ended up going quite well, and I used about 40 minutes of my 90 minute allotment. I know that some of the students at least did not understand some of the things I was saying, but overall they seemed to follow along quite well. At the end of the talk, because I had so much time left over, Tange-san went back through my presentation and gave Japanese translations for some of the words that the students may not have fully understood, which was nice of him.

Afterward, I got a few questions from some of the students, but nothing overly serious. Most of them pertained to my love of heavy metal music and my reason for giving my daughter a Japanese name. Still, Tange told me there were a couple of students in particular who were quite interested in my research, which is a good sign.

Another good sign: apparently I am the only professor who has given such a lecture in recent history that did not have a single student fall asleep during the talk.

After I let them go to break before their last lecture of the day, the two students I had written about meeting previously came to me to ask me some more questions and seemed genuinely interested in the research and my answers. Overall, the whole thing went a lot better than I had feared.

Then, later tonight, I had my research seminar for the Doctor Course students, which also went very well. Now, though, after a long day, I am pretty much tapped out. I need to get some sleep because tomorrow is the day that the third year students go to meet with Professors whose research they find interesting. Time to clean up the office some and get ready (hopefully) for some discussions.

So, to summarize, I am doing my best not to get my hopes up, but they weren’t dashed against the rocks as I feared they might be after today, either. Wish me luck, y’all.

-Matt

One Comment

  1. Aunt Duck says:

    SUPER much good luck! Although you don’t need luck, you’ve got skill! ;)