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Ms. Naw Say Say Pwe

Doctoral Course, Socio-Cultural Sciences

Doctoral Course(as of April, 2019)

Christian Missionary Activities in Irrawaddy Delta during Colonial Period (c.1850- 1947)

I am Naw Say Say Pwe. I am from the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. In 2016, I came to Okayama to study at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Okayama University as a doctor course student. My specialization is history. The title of my Ph.D. dissertation is Christian Missionary Activities in Irrawaddy Delta during Colonial Period (c.1850- 1947).

When I decided to study in Japan, I was a little nervous because I can’t speak Japanese. But that nervousness disappeared when I arrived at Okayama University. Professors and the fellow students at the faculty have been very kind, trying to understand me and helping me a lot when I needed help. The staff at Okayama University have also been very kind, which also helped remove my initial anxiety.

During my study at Okayama University, I got a lot of experiences how to proceed to research from my supervisor (professor). He has taught me and given me advice on the method of thinking very kindly and patiently, and guided me well to complete my dissertation. In the class, we had lots of discussion time and I’ve enjoyed it very much.

Looking back my three years study period, one of the things I liked the most in Okayama University was studying at the library. We can get any books which I need and can access to database. It made me feel very convenient. And I also liked my faculty library too.

Another thing I enjoyed at Okayama was the colorful leaves on the campus. I liked the mild weather too.

I will graduate soon and go back to my country. If I think about going back to my county, I am sad, but at the same time happy. I am sad because I have to depart from my lovely Okayama University. I am happy, because after the graduation, I will teach at the university in my country, using knowledge and skills I’ve learned at Okayama University. The study at Okayama University has made me grow as a person and as an academic.

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