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Living & Learning: Japanese students overseas / Midwest ‘party school’ has great professors

Courtesy of Tatsuya Katsuhara
Tatsuya Katsuhara, center, with other music students in a university dormitory

By Tatsuya Katsuhara (DePauw University) / Special to The Japan NewsThis column features reports by Japanese students currently studying overseas on their lives on and off campus.

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I had been looking for a U.S. college where I could study music as well as sociology-related subjects. So when I heard about DePauw, I thought, “This is it!”

DePauw University is located in the small college town of Greencastle, Ind. It is about a one-hour drive from the nearest airport through immense cornfields that one may think of as the quintessential American scene. Local residents in Greencastle often come to the cafeteria on campus, and students in turn do a variety of volunteer work and paid jobs in the community. One can feel a welcoming atmosphere upon entering the town.

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Though in a rural region, DePauw is known as one of America’s most intense party schools. The school appeared three years in a row on an annual ranking of U.S. party schools, and students often joke about the reputation.

Despite all the negative rumors about the school, I still love DePauw. I believe it is where I can pursue my interests most earnestly. There are only a few places where one can study music as Julliard students do, and at the same time take the classes other liberal arts students take.

Furthermore, I had a significant encounter with an anthropology professor at DePauw. In my very first semester, I took a course taught by Rebecca Upton, an associate professor. At the time, I did not even know what anthropology was. However, I became mesmerized by the way she taught and the articles and books on anthropology she introduced us to. I declared myself an anthropology major, and, after a year, I am certain I made the right choice. At DePauw, I can study anthropology with a great professor.

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DePauw University

Founded in 1837, DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., educates 2,300 students from around the globe. It offers a liberal arts education and has one of the oldest schools of music in the United States.

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