Hey guys! Well. I finished my last week at the Aoyama Gakuin Chat Room and honestly it feels so surreal. I kept thinking that I’ll be going back to work next Monday but, unfortunately, that’s not the case. Anyway, my last week was pretty great and I got to do some fun things before leaving!
Monday was the same as every other Monday. We spent half of the day at the elementary school and then the other half doing sessions. However, this time we were able to attend the morning chapel service at the elementary school for the first time and it was an amazing experience. The students sang beautifully and everything was so well structured. I enjoyed it a lot. We also gave a presentation to the fifth grade classes and said some final thoughts about our time with them. Afterwards, we took pictures with them.
On Tuesday, Danielle and I had to help out with the English classes at the university. Afterwards, we went to the elementary school at the end of the day to play games with the English club. There were a large number of students that day and they were extra rowdy. But that just made it all the more fun for me! After work, Danielle and I went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to get one last view of the whole city.
On Wednesday, we spent almost the whole day at the junior high school. The students were nice as always. One of them even asked for our social media so that he can continue to practice his English with us :’) ! We said our goodbyes to the teachers there and then finished the day with a session at the Chat Room. After work, Danielle and I hung out in Shibuya with our friends Yurika and Satone. We went to this awesome ramen shop that Satone likes and then walked around, talked, and shared some laughs. This was my last day hanging out with Satone outside of school and I’m sad that I had very little time with her.
On Thursday, we gave a presentation at the Chat Room during lunch time. We talked about our experiences at the Chat Room as well as the elementary, junior high, and high schools. Afterwards, we socialized with some of the university students and took a picture together. We then had a couple of sessions before ending our day at work. After we finished, I saw Satone one last time and had dinner with her and her friend at the school cafeteria. We agreed to keep in touch and said our very last goodbyes. Afterwards, I hung out with Danielle, Caleb, and some other friends for the rest of the day.
We spent our entire last day at the elementary school and it was so fun. We gave more presentations to the other fifth grade classes and took pictures with them. We also had lunch with the students for the first time and it was really enjoyable. The students served each other and the food was delicious (American schools need to step up their game). Afterwards, we were able to go outside and play with the kids right after lunch. Then we helped out in the classrooms until club time. During English club, we gave our final presentation and then played with the kids until it was time to go home. We said our goodbyes to the teachers and the students. Then we went back to the chatroom and said goodbye to our supervisors. It felt surreal that my internship was officially over. I still felt like I was going to return to work the next Monday. After work, we hung out with some friends in Shibuya and then went home to pack.
And that concludes my time here in Tokyo. I truly enjoyed every moment of my internship. I made some awesome friends and had a meaningful experience at the Aoyama Gakuin Chat Room. I’m going to miss everybody as well as my time at this internship. Thank you to everybody who made my experience unforgettable. Goodbye!